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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stinky mean? 

STINKY (adjective)
  The adjective STINKY has 2 senses:

1. having an unpleasant smell
2. very bad

  Familiarity information: STINKY used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

STINKY (adjective)

Sense 1stinky [BACK TO TOP]


Having an unpleasant smell


ill-smelling; malodorous; malodourous; stinky; unpeasant-smelling


bilgy (smelling like bilge water)

rancid; sour (smelling of fermentation or staleness)

reeking (giving off a strong unpleasant smell)

rank-smelling (having an offensive rancid odor)

putrid-smelling (having the putrid odor of decaying organic matter)

odoriferous; odorous (emitting an odor)

niffy ((British informal) malodorous)

mephitic; miasmic (of noxious stench from atmospheric pollution)

gamey; gamy; high ((used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted)

frowsty; fusty; musty (stale and unclean smelling)

fetid; foetid; foul; foul-smelling; funky; ill-scented; noisome; smelly; stinking (offensively malodorous)

Sense 2stinky [BACK TO TOP]


Very bad


stinking; shitty; rotten; lousy; icky; crappy; stinky

Context examples:

a lousy play / it's a stinking world


bad (having undesirable or negative qualities)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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