stink

stink O.E. stincan "emit a smell of any kind" (class III strong verb; past tense stonc), from W.Gmc. *stenkwanan (Cf. O.S. stincan, O.H.G. stinkan, Du. stinken), from the root of STENCH (Cf. stench). O.E. swote stincan "to smell sweet," but offensive sense began O.E. and was primary by mid-13c.; smell now tends the same way. Figurative meaning "be offensive" is from early 13c.; meaning "be inept" is recorded from 1924. The noun is attested from c.1300; sense of "extensive fuss" first recorded 1812. Stinking in ref. to "drunk" first attested 1887; stinking rich dates from 1956. To stink to high heaven first recorded 1963. Stinker as a term of abuse (often banteringly) is attested from c.1600; also in the same sense was stinkard (c.1600).

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  • Stink — may refer to:*Unpleasant odor *Stink bomb, a device to create an unpleasant smell *Flatulence, sometimes called a stink *Stink pipe, a toilet component *Stink bug, a type of insect *Big Stink (B 29) *Stink (album), an album by The Replacements… …   Wikipedia

  • Stink — Stink, n. [AS. stinc.] A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench. [1913 Webster] {Fire stink}. See under {Fire}. {Stink fire lance}. See under {Lance}. {Stink rat} (Zo[ o]l.), the musk turtle. [Local, U.S.] {Stink shad} (Zo[ o]l.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stink — stink·ard; stink·a·roo; stink; stink·er; stink·er·oo; stink·ing·ly; stink·ing·ness; …   English syllables

  • Stink — EP The Replacements Дата выпуска 24 июня 1982 Записан 29 января 13 марта 1982 …   Википедия

  • Stink — Stink, v. t. To cause to stink; to affect by a stink. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stink — [n] bad smell fetor, foulness, foul odor, malodor, noisomeness, offensive smell, stench; concepts 599,600 Ant. perfume, sweetness stink [v1] smell badly be offensive, be rotten, funk*, have an odor, offend, reek*, smell up, stink to high heaven*; …   New thesaurus

  • stink — [stiŋk] vi. stank or stunk, stunk, stinking [ME stinken < OE stincan, akin to Ger stinken] 1. to give off a strong, unpleasant smell 2. to be very offensive; be hateful or abhorrent 3. Slang to be of low standard or quality; be no good 4 …   English World dictionary

  • Stink — Stink, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stunk}, {Stank}, p. pr. & vb. n. {Stinking}.] [AS. stinkan to have a smell (whether good or bad); akin to OHG. stinchan, G. & D. stinken to stink; of uncertain origin; cf. Icel. st[ o]kkva to leap, to spring, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stink — ► VERB (past stank or stunk; past part. stunk) 1) have a strong unpleasant smell. 2) informal be contemptible or scandalous. ► NOUN 1) a strong, unpleasant smell. 2) informal a row or fuss …   English terms dictionary

  • stink|y — «STIHNG kee», adjective, stink|i|er, stink|i|est. that stinks; stinking: »A dirty, stinky, uncared for closet size section of a great city (Claude Brown) …   Useful english dictionary

  • stink... — stink..., Stink... 〈in Zus.; umg.; verstärkend〉 sehr, äußerst, z. B. stinkfaul, stinkreich, Stinklaune …   Universal-Lexikon

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