Synonyms for stinks


Antonyms for stinks

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Ungentlemanly conduct in the House stinks in their nostrils.

The picturesqueness of the place and people were only equalled by the stinks.

"Serve her right; she stinks with silent pride," he said to himself angrily.

Gilderman heard one of the women say: He has been dead four days and he stinks.

When we airmen notice that phenomenon in an enemy plane, we say: "He stinks!"

And now, behold, now in this strange place of stinks I find Macumazahn, my friend.

I got a lot of nerve, but not enough to charge a man for anything that stinks like that beef.

Louse indeed, for he went to a place of stinks that would poison other than vermin!

"I must have said the right thing when I said he stinks," Hawkes remarked.

He stinks of butter as if he were anointed all over for the itch.


Old English stincan "emit a smell of any kind" (class III strong verb; past tense stonc), from West Germanic *stenkwanan (cf. Old Saxon stincan, Old High German stinkan, Dutch stinken), from the root of stench. Old English swote stincan "to smell sweet," but offensive sense began in Old English 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. To stink to high heaven first recorded 1963.