- 1(informal) [intransitive] stink (of something) to have a strong, unpleasant smell synonym reek Her breath stank of garlic. It stinks of smoke in here.
- 2[intransitive] stink (of something) to seem very bad, unpleasant, or dishonest The whole business stank of corruption. “What do you think of the idea?” “I think it stinks.” Phrasal Verbsstink somethingup
NAmE//stɪŋk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stink
he / she / it stinks
past simple stank
past simple stunk
past participle stunk
-ing form stinking