stink

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stink smell badly and offensively "The building reeks of smoke"
    • v stink be extremely bad in quality or in one's performance "This term paper stinks!"
    • n stink a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stink A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench.
    • v. t Stink To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.
    • v. i Stink To emit a strong, offensive smell; to send out a disgusting odor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stink To emit a strong offensive smell; send out a disgusting odor; hence, to be in bad odor; have a bad reputation; be regarded with disfavor.
    • stink To annoy with an offensive smell; affect in any way by an offensive odor.
    • n stink A strong offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench.
    • n stink Hell, regarded as a region of sulphurous smells (or of infamy?).
    • n stink A disagreeable exposure.
    • n stink Synonyms Stench, etc. See smell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Stink stingk to give out a strong, offensive smell: to have a bad reputation
    • pa.t Stink stank; pa.p. stunk
    • n Stink a disagreeable smell
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Quotations

  • Jr. Murchison
    Jr. Murchison
    “Money is like manure. If you spread it around it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place it stinks like hell.”
  • James Joyce
    James%20Joyce
    “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.”
  • W. H. Auden
    W.%20H.%20Auden
    “A man has his distinctive personal scent which his wife, his children and his dog can recognize. A crowd has a generalized stink. The public is odorless.”

Idioms

Kick up a stink - If you kick up a stink, you display anger about something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. stinkan, to have a smell (whether good or bad); akin to OHG. stinchan, G. & D. stinken, to stink; of uncertain origin; cf. Icel. stökkva, to leap, to spring, Goth. stigqan, to push, strike, or Gr. rancid. Cf. Stench

Usage

In literature:

In the afternoon we reached the Stinking Lake, which is nearly of an oval form.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 1" by John Franklin
They cense with stinking smoke from the soles of old shoes.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
Blood was smeared over almost every surface and the stink of leaking jet fuel was virtually overpowering.
"Code Three" by Rick Raphael
He was a whale at Chemistry (otherwise Stinks), and took a Tancred Scholarship at Caius.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
You shovel yourself into a stinking hole in the ground.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
The meat stinks, and the boots are made with glue instead of stitches and nails.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
They was black but they didn't stink sweaty.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
And there was a stink.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
They stink with their moral rottenness.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
That's a stinking, hot planet up there.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
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In poetry:

True, they like drinking
till they're really stinking —-
we find these facts insightful
but spiteful.
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
Then here's to blood and blasphemy!
And here's to whores and drink!
In life you know you're living
In death we only stink.
"Mercenary's Song (AD 1600)" by General George S Patton Jnr
And let them watch me for three weeks
My wretched corpse to save,
For then I think that I may stink
Enough to rest in my grave.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
This said, the furies and the light
In th' instant vanish'd out of sight,
And left him in the dark alone,
With stinks of brimstone and his own.
"Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler
What punishment will Heaven devise for these
Who win by others' sweat and hardihood,
Who make men into stinking vultures' meat,
Saying to evil still "Be thou my good"?
"A Curse For Kings" by Vachel Lindsay
Dumb-bells in, dumb-bells out,
Count by fours and face about!
Put by dumb-bells for to-day,
Wash the stinking sweat away
And go out clean. But come again;
Worship's every night at ten.
"Dumb-Bells" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

I Don't Need No Stinking Papers.
INTERVIEWS See Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's ' Stinking of You' Duet.
Parents call state's school tests 'a stinking mess.
The Bulls Don't Need No Stinking Rose.
Late last summer, the Rescue brand Stink Bug Trap appeared for sale in supermarkets and home stores.
Politics Oro Valley Don't Need No Stinking (General) Election.
'We Don't Need No Stinking Usage Fees'.
"We Don't Need No Stinking Badges".
When an Xcel employee checked the pole and said it didn't stink , Mooney began doubting that the company would fix the problem at all.
Putting stinking ditches behind us.
We don't need no stinking borders.
Known for its stinking spray, the striped skunk is a relatively uncommon sighting in Florida, even as road kill.
A community in central Oklahoma isn't letting a skunk from stink up Christmas for a group of needy children.
It stinks being sick, doesn't it.
Sweet stench of Petraeus scandal shouldn't mask the stink of Benghazi.
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In science:

However, Fourier analysis of the light curve reveals stinkingly regular patterns buried in the noise.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory
For Yugoslavia in recent decades: Hammel, F.A., Manson, C., Stevanovic, M.: A fish stinks from the head: Ethnic diversity, segregation, and the collapse of Yugoslavia.
A Biased Review of Sociophysics
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