Definition of stink noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stɪŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɪŋk//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] a very unpleasant smell synonym reek the stink of sweat and urine
  2. 2[singular] a lot of trouble and anger about something The whole business caused quite a stink. We'll kick up a stink (= complain a lot and cause trouble) if they try to close the school down.
  3. Word OriginOld English stincan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German stinken, also to stench.Extra examples The parents of the pupils say they’ll kick up a stink if the school roof isn’t repaired before the winter. the acrid stink of cordite The room was filled with the stink of sweat and urine. There was an overpowering stink of burning flesh. What a stink! Open the window!
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