stinkpot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stinkpot small freshwater turtle having a strong musky odor
    • n stinkpot 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
    • Stinkpot A vessel in which disinfectants are burned.
    • Stinkpot An earthen jar charged with powder, grenades, and other materials of an offensive and suffocating smell, -- sometimes used in boarding an enemy's vessel.
    • Stinkpot (Zoöl) The musk turtle, or musk tortoise. See under Musk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stinkpot A pot or jar of stinking materials; a chamber-pot.
    • n stinkpot A receptacle containing a disinfectant. See the quotation under stinker.
    • n stinkpot A stinkball.
    • n stinkpot The musk-turtle, Cinosternum odoratum or Aromochelys odorata, a stinking kind of turtle common in some parts of the United States. It is a common inhabitant of the eastern and central streams of the country, and is very troublesome to fishermen by swallowing their bait. It is useful as a scavenger.
    • n stinkpot A name given by sailors to the giant petrel, Ossifraga gigantea, on account of its rank, musty smell.
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Usage

In literature:

Paracelsus brought a squadron of stinkpot-flingers from the snowy mountains of Rhaetia.
"The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces" by Jonathan Swift
I pelieve the enemy has poarded us in a stinkpot!
"The Adventures of Roderick Random" by Tobias Smollett
Go away, you stinkpot.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
I am sorry to see that Erasmus imitated his enemies and at times was ambidextrous in the use of the literary stinkpot.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
Literary stinkpots, v, 218.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
They are getting the stinkpots ready for us, I suppose.
"Blue Jackets" by George Manville Fenn
They flung the literary stinkpot with great accuracy.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
Then this confounded stinkpot of a bombshell burst in our midst.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
Sure, I'm going out with him again, you little stinkpot.
"Four and Twenty Beds" by Nancy Vogel
Not long ago an effective weapon called "stinkpot" was in use.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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