Pronunciation Verb

stink (stinks, present participle stinking; past stank, past participle stunk)

  1. (intransitive) To have a strong bad smell.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To be greatly inferior; to perform badly.
    That movie stinks. I didn't even stay for the end.
  3. (intransitive) To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth.
    Something stinks about the politician's excuses.
  4. (transitive) To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.
  • (have a strong bad smell) pong, reek
  • (be greatly inferior) suck, blow
  • (give an impression of dishonesty or untruth) be fishy
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stink (plural stinks)

  1. A strong bad smell.
  2. (informal) A complaint or objection.
    If you don't make a stink about the problem, nothing will be done.
  3. (slang, New Zealand) A failure or unfortunate event.
    The concert was stink.
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  1. (Caribbean, Guyana) Bad-smelling, stinky.
    • 2013, Stabroek News, 19 February 2013, cited by Deborah Jan Osman Backer in a speech delivered in the National Assembly during the Budget Debate, 2013,
      Everyone is up in arms but it smells stink because it smells of racism…
    • 2014, Taureef Mohammed, “Imam recounts 55-day Venezuelan horror,” Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, 26 May, 2014,
      Spending hours in a “stink" morgue, being called “Taliban”, thinking of getting shot in the head by officers—memories of Venezuela that have left Hamza Mohammed, imam of the Montrose mosque, still trembling today.
    • 2016, Kei Miller, Augustown, New York: Pantheon, Chapter 1, p. 5,
      […] what Ma Taffy smells on this early afternoon makes her sit up straight. She smells it high and ripe and stink on the air, like a bright green jackfruit in season being pulled to the rocky ground below.

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