Definition of stinker in English:



  • 1A person or thing that smells very bad.

    • ‘My dog is a stinker and these things are the only thing that will get rid of the odor quickly without leaving a gross flowery smell behind.’
    1. 1.1 A contemptible or very unpleasant person or thing.
      ‘have those little stinkers been bullying you?’
      • ‘I do beat up my brothers sometimes, but only because I like them, have their best interests at heart, and the stinkers deserve it.’
      • ‘He's written enough that there are some stinkers in there, but that's what happens when you write a lot.’
      • ‘He moved into television production and, after a couple of stinkers (Soldier of Fortune Inc, for instance), he hit paydirt with a detective show with a difference.’
      • ‘It may not have received as much coverage as the voluntary voting proposal, but one recommendation in yesterday's report of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is an absolute stinker.’
      • ‘It is a broadly accepted premise within the writing business that political books are stinkers because the general reading population would rather delve into diets and whodunits than the operation of their democracy.’
      • ‘Of course, every industry will have its share of stinkers and gems.’
      • ‘There have been some stinkers in Sydney over the last few years, but let's not get into bagging them now.’
      • ‘Delicious Vinyl must be trying real hard to make money in 2001, selling their catalogue to Rhino and rehashing stinkers like ‘Funky Cold Medina’ and ‘Bust a Move.’’
      • ‘Yet it earned only just under $52 million at the domestic box office, $15 million of which over its opening weekend, arguably because both critics and the word of mouth declared this Round Table adventure to be a stinker.’
      • ‘Sure, I thought Independence Day and Godzilla were both stinkers but I really enjoyed The Day After Tomorrow.’
      • ‘‘You can have as many nice little touches as you want, but if the song's a bit of a stinker it's not really much use,’ says the jovial bass player, hunched up on a chair in the Glasgow offices of Chemikal Underground.’
      • ‘In direct opposition of these lovelies are stinkers like ‘Gandhi’ and ‘Radio Baghdad.’’
      • ‘I don't care if he's had a bad game, a stinker or four stinkers in a row.’
      • ‘Some of you bleeding heart cinephiles will say this is too much grief to dispense over a silly little movie, since even a really talented performer can occasionally squeeze out a stinker.’
      • ‘‘Sometimes I've had a stinker, but it's not for the lack of trying, it's maybe just been trying something that hasn't come off,’ he adds.’
      • ‘The setting: the annual Raspberry awards, ‘Hollywood's least coveted trophies’ for cinematic stinkers, given out by 700 members of the nonprofit Golden Raspberry Award Foundation.’
      • ‘The beauty of the NFL, besides the game itself and all the eye candy surrounding it, is that even if your team looks like a stinker, it can wind up smelling like roses.’
      • ‘‘With marketing costs spiralling every year, studios increasingly have both economic and psychological incentives to keep their stinkers in the closet,’ he explained.’
      • ‘Among the other stinkers that the lobbyists pushed in the name of national security was a waiver from certain FDA rules for drugs that could be marketed to combat bioterrorism.’
      • ‘From Hootie to Hanson, there are some '90s stinkers that will kill any dancefloor (and that's ‘kill’ meaning everyone will walk away with hands on their bellies and queasy feelings).’
      unpleasant person
      nightmare, horror
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    2. 1.2 A difficult task.
      ‘Tackled the crossword yet? It's a stinker’
      • ‘This puzzle is a stinker.’