Definition of odoriferous in English:



  • Having or giving off a smell, especially an unpleasant one.

    ‘an odoriferous pile of fish’
    • ‘Both are odoriferous and incompatible with most of the newly-discovered positions described in the Kama Sutra.’
    • ‘The house we rented in a small village came with an odoriferous, fly-infested outhouse, as did all the houses in the village.’
    • ‘A buck can be quite odoriferous, and his strong, musky scent can permeate the milk.’
    • ‘That's partly because the odoriferous component is so small.’
    • ‘My hosts refused to accept the odoriferous evidence, insisting the pillows were clean.’
    • ‘In spite of its myriad problems, the region needs some kind of mass transit system that removes odoriferous gashogs from highways.’
    • ‘To shower I have to step through the odoriferous scum floating in the water.’
    • ‘Full of excellent illustrations, the authors tackle this notoriously odoriferous issue with verve and simplicity.’
    • ‘Without adequate oxygen, your pool could become stagnant, harboring odoriferous anaerobic bacteria.’
    • ‘Disaster struck when he attempted to adjust its exhaust and instead emptied the odoriferous contents of its sewage tank.’
    • ‘Whatever it took to protect this odoriferous shady swamp of a place was worth it.’
    • ‘Fill your empty backpack with a freshly baked baguette, a fine, odoriferous fromage, a bottle of red, some fruit and you're good to go.’
    • ‘This should help you maximize the anabolic effects of garlic while minimizing its odoriferous effect on your training partner.’
    • ‘And he was turned out into the street like an odoriferous dog.’
    foul-smelling, evil-smelling, smelly, stinking, reeking, reeky, malodorous, pungent, acrid, fetid, rank
    View synonyms


Late Middle English: from Latin odorifer odour-bearing + -ous.