stinker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stinker an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory
    • n stinker anything that gives off an offensive odor (especially a cheap cigar)
    • n stinker a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible "only a rotter would do that","kill the rat","throw the bum out","you cowardly little pukes!","the British call a contemptible person a `git'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stinker (Zoöl) Any one of the several species of large antarctic petrels which feed on blubber and carrion and have an offensive odor, as the giant fulmar.
    • Stinker One who, or that which, stinks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stinker One who or that which stinks; a stinkard; a stinkpot.
    • n stinker One of several large petrels, as the giant fulmar, Ossifraga gigantea, which acquire an offensive odor from feeding on blubber or carrion.
    • n stinker Same as stinkhorn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stinker one who, or that which, stinks
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stincan.

Usage

In literature:

Why should his house be called "Stinkers"?
"Stalky & Co." by Rudyard Kipling
Fortunately everyone calls him Stinker.
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
We came across several giant petrel rookeries, and were treated to a display of the "stinker's" ability to make himself objectionable.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
It was the act of a hound and a stinker.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
The damned old stinker!
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
Is that one a stinker!
"Murder in the Gunroom" by Henry Beam Piper
It was Stinker, of course.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay
While skinning the damned old stinkers our lives wasn't a show, For the Indians watched to pick us off while skinning the buffalo.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
In a way, I'm sorry, but ... maybe I've got too much stinker blood in me, but I'm very glad none of them are here.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
Just remember me as The Stinker.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
You road-stinkers, who sent for you?
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
He could take along a few gorillas and toss all those troublemaking stinkers straight into a hot bath.
"Satan and the Comrades" by Ralph Bennitt
Half the time, he told himself, I'm convinced the little stinkers are doing no more than pulling our legs.
"The World That Couldn't Be" by Clifford Donald Simak
Maybe I was a stinker, going off like that.
"Stamped Caution" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Why is it that I, Cassius Cassidy, get saddled with all of the real stinkers in the galaxy?
"Feet Of Clay" by Phillip Hoskins
A Greek word, O Stinkers of the Modern Side.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
Hallo, Stinker, what's that?
"The Lighter Side of School Life" by Ian Hay
That's wot I want to know, the rat-faced little stinker!
"Mrs. Bindle" by Hebert Jenkins
His Nibs gave us some stinkers, and I haven't touched the German prose yet.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield
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In poetry:

You stinker.
You worse than a carrion-crow.
Reeking dung-mouth.
You love-bird.
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Ok, Sixers, we'll allow one stinker .
At Jeld-Wen Field, a ' stinker ' only the refs can explain.
Steven Pinker's Stinker on the Origins of War.
'Spider-Man' on Broadway: No superpowers needed to sniff out this stinker .
Sorry, Oregon State's 44-20 stinker in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl won't go away.
Laid-back Florida lifestyle falling hook, line and stinker .
She's a little stinker for halloween.
Our little stinker Caden is celebrating Halloween and his first birthday.
Little Stinker Click to enlarge.
Dancing With The Stars' A Ratings Stinker .
Fox's lead broadcast crew was unimpressed by the play of both teams in a stinker of a game.
Soccer coach soap opera a real stinker.
The PC industry has produced no shortage of stinkers over the past 30 years.
Laid-back Florida lifestyle falling hook, line and stinker.
Audiences agree with critics on 'Last Airbender': It's a stinker.
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