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[sting-kee] /ˈstɪŋ ki/
adjective, stinkier, stinkiest.
foul smelling; stinking.
Informal. mean-spirited; nasty.
Origin of stinky
stink + -y1
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stinky
  • During one of my visits there was a great and stinky garbage strike.
  • Others have extra rain tarps or those convenient entry porticoes that hold stinky shoes.
  • stinky tofu is merely a snack sold in night markets.
  • The site was filthy, stinky and surrounded by appalled tourists taking photos and whispering about the hippies' odd behavior.
  • Removing sulfur is a stinky proposition for oil refineries.
  • Putting regular diesel in one of these new clean diesels will still be stinky at sooty.
  • Before the lake became a stinky soup, devoid of oxygen and covered with a floating mat of tree trunks ripped from the landscape.
  • Their underground nests and surrounding areas are carpeted with the stinky stuff.
  • When your compost pile sits away from your house, the occasional stinky scrap or swarm of gnats doesn't pose much of a problem.
  • With his little rat teeth and little rat claws and stinky rat tail and mangy rat hair and chunky rat belly.
British Dictionary definitions for stinky


adjective -ier, -iest
having a foul smell
(informal) unpleasant or disgusting
(informal) of poor quality; contemptible
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Word Origin and History for stinky

1888, from stink + -y (2). Related: Stinkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stinky

stink to high heaven

verb phrase

To be very disgusting, inept, nasty, etc: filler items that definitely stunk to high heaven (1963+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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