Definition of smelly in English:

smelly

adjective

  • Having a strong or unpleasant smell:

    ‘smelly feet’
    • ‘Even though it contains virtually nothing organic our dustbin is pretty smelly in summer, even after a week.’
    • ‘Community leaders say the playground is a muddy, smelly quagmire even in the height of summer.’
    • ‘For weeks, the residents and passing pedestrians have had to put up with dozens of smelly rubbish bags lying around.’
    • ‘Yes, it's smelly, dirty and harmful, but in reality people do smoke cigarettes.’
    • ‘They are your average scally lads, bad hair, tight jeans, unwashed, smelly, drunken.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, others take bags full of clothes and end up sweaty, smelly and dishevelled.’
    • ‘We invariably travelled on some clapped-out smelly bus that made us nauseous with the diesel fumes.’
    • ‘A man with a smelly dog got on board and sat rather too close to my nostrils.’
    • ‘I do feel that if you decide not to smoke, you shouldn't have the smelly fumes wafting over from someone who does.’
    • ‘The tank seemed to get dirty and smelly very quickly, and we found we had to clean it out far more often than we had to with the tropical fish.’
    • ‘Landfill is always discussed as smelly, polluting and potentially unhealthy.’
    • ‘The sea receded gradually from the promenade, which then looked out over acres of smelly tidal mud.’
    • ‘My previous dog once padded into the lounge having just rolled in the duck pond and covered himself with smelly scum.’
    • ‘Some of these kids stay in the school hostel and were exposed to this smelly sewerage water for two weeks.’
    • ‘To top it off I found a smelly pair of old sport shoes underneath his toiletries bag.’
    • ‘Nasty, smelly, noisy, polluting money-pits, that what cars have always been to me.’
    • ‘For our neutered feline friends you will find that the tom will stop spraying his smelly urine to mark his territory.’
    • ‘This month Jacquie loses her luggage, and deals with the problem of team members with smelly feet’
    • ‘Even as they deliver Pure Rock Fury to smelly rooms full of sweaty people, they plot against it.’
    • ‘Bad taste, botched repairs and smelly dogs will all sabotage your house sale.’
    foul-smelling, evil-smelling, stinking, stinking to high heaven, reeking, fetid, malodorous, pungent, acrid, rank, putrid, noxious
    off, gamy, high
    musty, fusty
    frowsty
    fresh
    stinky, reeky
    niffing, niffy, pongy, whiffy, humming
    funky
    noisome, mephitic
    olid, miasmic, miasmal
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Pronunciation

smelly

/ˈsmɛli/