Word of the Day Archive
Sunday September 5, 2004
malodorous \mal-OH-duhr-uhs\ , adjective:
Having a bad odor.
Working inside this tomb means coming to terms with rock falls, malodorous dust and faulty electrical supplies.
-- John Ray, "Splendid Digs", New York Times, October 18, 1998
But people were accustomed to the odors of chamber pots and outdoor privies and to the stench of manure on city streets as well as in the country. Even the most refined could scarcely have been squeamish about malodorous garbage.
-- Susan Strasser, Waste and Want
Malodorous is from Latin mal-, "bad" + odorus, from odor, "smell."