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verb (used without object), stank or, often stunk; stunk; stinking.
to emit a strong offensive smell.
to be offensive to honesty or propriety; to be in extremely bad repute or disfavor.
Informal. to be disgustingly inferior: That book stinks.
Slang. to have a large quantity of something (usually followed by of or with ): They stink of money. She stinks with jewelry.
verb (used with object), stank or, often stunk; stunk; stinking.
to cause to stink or be otherwise offensive (often followed by up ): an amateurish performance that really stank up the stage.
a strong offensive smell; stench.
Informal. an unpleasant fuss; scandal: There was a big stink about his accepting a bribe.
stinks, (used with a singular verb) British Slang. chemistry as a course of study.
Verb phrases
stink out, to repel or drive out by means of a highly offensive smell.

before 900; (v.) Middle English stinken, Old English stincan; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; cognate with German stinken. (v.); cf. stench

outstink, verb (used with object), outstank or, often outstunk; outstunk; outstinking.

1. reek. Unabridged
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stink (stɪŋk)
1.  a strong foul smell; stench
2.  slang a great deal of trouble (esp in the phrase to makeorraise a stink)
3.  like stink intensely; furiously
vb (foll by of or with) (usually foll by up) , stinks, stinking, stank, stunk, stunk
4.  to emit a foul smell
5.  slang to be thoroughly bad or abhorrent: this town stinks
6.  informal to have a very bad reputation: his name stinks
7.  to be of poor quality
8.  slang to have or appear to have an excessive amount (of money)
9.  informal to cause to stink
[Old English stincan; related to Old Saxon stinkan, German stinken, Old Norse stökkva to burst; see stench]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stincan "emit a smell of any kind" (class III strong verb; past tense stonc), from W.Gmc. *stenkwanan (cf. O.S. stincan, O.H.G. stinkan, Du. stinken), from the root of stench. O.E. swote stincan "to smell sweet," but offensive sense began O.E. and was primary by mid-13c.;
smell now tends the same way. Figurative meaning "be offensive" is from early 13c.; meaning "be inept" is recorded from 1924. The noun is attested from c.1300; sense of "extensive fuss" first recorded 1812. Stinking in ref. to "drunk" first attested 1887; stinking rich dates from 1956. To stink to high heaven first recorded 1963. Stinker as a term of abuse (often banteringly) is attested from c.1600; also in the same sense was stinkard (c.1600).
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