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stink

 
pronunciation:
stIngk
parts of speech:
verb, noun
features:
Word History
part of speech: verb
inflections: stinks, stinking, stank, stunk
definition 1: to give off a strong and bad smell.
The dog stank after he went swimming in the river.
similar words:
smell
definition 2: (informal) to be not very good or of very low quality.
His singing stinks.
definition 3: to cause to have a bad smell (often followed by "up").
Cigar smoke stank up the room.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a strong, bad smell.
There was an awful stink in the house after the flood.
antonyms:
fragrance
Word History
In Old English, stink meant "to give off a smell (of any kind)." By 1200, only a strong and offensive smell was called a "stink."