Definition of stinking in English:



  • 1Foul-smelling.

    ‘he was locked in a stinking cell’
    • ‘She said: ‘The cemetery has become hemmed in by these piles of stinking manure, and the stench is driving visitors away.’’
    • ‘Children working in sweatshops today gain little by being told that in 20 years' time their daughters will not have to stitch garments in a stinking hovel.’
    • ‘One of his French prisoners has escaped - and it pitches the unfortunate Jerrold into a pell-mell race across England in a pursuit that takes him from the stinking marshes of Chatham to the wilds of Dartmoor.’
    • ‘Gripped by hunger, they escape sub zero temperatures by sheltering in stinking sewers.’
    • ‘He survived two nights in a sweaty, stinking Thai police jail, but the York born market trader has since had to face another ordeal - a barrage of appalling jokes from loyal customers.’
    • ‘This blight was caused by a fungus, Phytophthora infestans, and its effect, where it took hold, was to destroy crops almost completely, leaving farmers with nothing but stinking black rotten remains of the tubers.’
    • ‘Thousands of prisoners every morning have to get up and empty the stinking chamber pots which have sat in their cells overnight.’
    • ‘She is a visionary, driven by a remarkable energy, determined and brave, undeterred by threats and harassment and numerous arrests and uncomfortable nights in stinking police cells.’
    • ‘Residents in Ballards Walk and Great Knightleys, Laindon, claimed soft tarmac put down between the bins and the roadway two weeks ago made it difficult for refuse collectors to take away stinking refuse.’
    • ‘Too often, bus stations are dreadful, offering inefficient dark, dank and stinking shelters to travellers, who are automatically marked down as second class citizens.’
    • ‘It was one of the most miserable conditions that I have ever worked in, the peak of summer, 40 degree Celsius plus temperatures in a stinking room and an average of eleven hours of work, six days a week.’
    • ‘Like much of the south, much of it patrolled by British troops, the city is marked by grinding poverty, fuel shortages, power cuts and stinking open sewers within yards of housing.’
    • ‘The poorest live crowded along stinking open sewers that were once rivers and canals.’
    • ‘When one of his staff resigns because she finds the municipal office an uninteresting and boring place, he willingly takes up a project to reclaim a stinking swamp and construct a children's park there.’
    • ‘Fishermen in remote villages on Spain's craggy northwestern tip, which is not called the Costa de la Muerte for nothing, wept to see their precious shellfish deluged by a filthy, stinking black tide.’
    • ‘‘The month of August could see stinking piles of rubbish on Dublin's streets,’ she said yesterday.’
    • ‘When the tribes convinced FedEx to deliver 500 pounds of stinking fish to the Interior Department, the Klamath finally got Washington's full attention.’
    • ‘He never writing a story at all and the Times treating the whole thing like a pile of stinking garbage in which they didn't want to dip their finely manicured hands is just shocking.’
    • ‘Slithering slowly out of a stinking sewer, an unexpected guest to the city's streets - a King snake - gave passers-by an all-mighty shock.’
    • ‘Nirajan the elephant lumbered down a narrow path leading to the muddy, stinking water of the polluted river, slowly waded across, and made its way to a neighbourhood where the priest was to spend the night.’
    foul-smelling, evil-smelling, stinking to high heaven, reeking, fetid, malodorous, pungent, acrid, rank, putrid, noxious
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    1. 1.1informal Very bad or unpleasant.
      ‘a stinking cold’
      • ‘Now I just wish that all three main parties would stop with the waffle and recrimination and concentrate instead on what has become one huge stinking mess because of total and utter lack of any thought as to what comes after war.’
      • ‘I've got a stinking hangover and I'm not in the mood.’
      • ‘I'm not fully recovered from the stinking cold.’
      • ‘The first part of my trip was the train journey from Edinburgh to London with a stinking cold.’
      • ‘A severe attack usually coincides with a stinking hangover and can start as early as midday, from whence I will spend the rest of the weekend brooding on the inevitability of Monday morning.’
      • ‘Everybody perceives wheelclampers as stinking, rotten people but we do give consideration.’
      • ‘Daily, we are forced to lie just to get through this stinking, rotten modern world.’
      • ‘Of course, me and my impeccable planning and I get a stinking head cold the same week.’
      • ‘Achievement of the day: got up and down a 4000 metre mountain in under fourteen hours, with a stinking cold, and no sleep at the halfway shed due to aching sinuses and the general lack of air.’
      • ‘Seasonal etiquette says you start pretty early with champagne - crack open a can of beer at the breakfast table and you look like a stinking drunk, but fire open one of these puppies and it's the height of naughty decadence.’
      • ‘The only real difference there's been is that instead of spending my day running around doing IT support for rotten stinking students, I get to sit at home all day at the computer typing.’
      • ‘As he has every other week, he mis-enunciated every word Sarah ‘Retardner’ Gardner-style and over-sung every stinking note.’
      • ‘Consumerism, hedonism and the worship of money have not only swept through the young generation, but many intellectuals too - they who traditionally despised stinking money.’
      • ‘There's something about driving a moped during rush hour in the pouring rain, when I'm already suffering from a stinking cold, that I just don't enjoy that much.’
      • ‘She swears up and down she isn't doing it but I still think that's her way of saying, ‘I don't want no stinking pasta.’’
      • ‘Tonight will be spent having a couple of quiet ones at Le Pub - I've only just got over jetlag so wouldn't want to jeopardise my recovery by turning up to work with a stinking hangover tomorrow.’
      • ‘I am in bed with a stinking cold, unable to think.’
      • ‘It is mere coincidence that David Aaronovitch (that free-thinking independent journalist) used the same stinking ninth category jab in the Observer blog?’
      • ‘Despite a stinking cold and hefty jetlag, she's still found the time to arrange her records in order of importance.’
      • ‘She happily picks up his dry cleaning, disposes of several thousand polystyrene coffee cups polluting his car, and at the end of the working day - instead of clattering off home in a stinking temper - hops into bed with him.’
      dreadful, awful, terrible, frightful, ghastly, nasty, appalling, vile, very bad
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  • as submodifier Extremely.

    ‘she is obviously stinking rich’
    • ‘Whoever owned this house was stinking rich, but it was doubtful that they were more wealthy than the Loires.’
    • ‘This was a stinking rotten election fought under shameful rules.’
    • ‘Culturally, the first thing to know about Bermuda is that it's stinking rich.’
    • ‘Grumpy, middle-aged restaurant reviewers spending Sunday Times dosh with bad grace, used-up sloaney jet trash, PR moppets on expense accounts and the truly stinking rich, that's who.’
    • ‘All quibbles about the merits of that series aside, as an English major, it makes me happy when an author of prose fiction becomes stinking bloody rich.’
    • ‘A close relative of mine was small as a lad, and my bookie grandfather had his whole career marked out - he would be a jockey, and furnish the family with inside information from the stables to make us all stinking rich.’
    • ‘Jake was absolutely filthy stinking rich, but most of it was in an account for when he was twenty-one.’
    • ‘Anyway, the whole thing makes me wonder about religious organisations like Hillsong Church, where they apparently preach the usual self-help dogma about getting stinking rich and so on.’
    • ‘The BCCSL got stinking rich after the 1996 World Cup and have been in a position to net millions of dollars.’
    • ‘It's just that once he became so stinking rich he couldn't hope to ever spend it all on himself, he got interested in building a legacy rather than a personal fortune.’
    • ‘His parents bought him this really posh apartment since they are stinking rich.’
    • ‘Do we want a theatre dominated by people lucky enough to have stinking rich parents?’
    • ‘That may not seem grand to you but in our country, you have to be stinking rich for a pool in your garden.’
    • ‘It turned out that the doctor was not only rich, but filthy stinking rich.’
    • ‘Especially in Manhattan, such real estate identifies the chef as filthy stinking rich.’
    • ‘‘Apparently she's going to be stinking rich when she's older,’ Mia went on.’
    • ‘I'll be the kind of guy who is filthy, stinking rich and doesn't care who I step on to get where I'm going.’
    • ‘I'm deeply hurt that he will never enter my life in person again, but I'm so stinking happy that I got to know him.’
    • ‘From the world of the filthy, stinking rich comes a tale of power, lust, and suspicion.’
    • ‘This then hangs on a wall as a demonstration of just how stinking wealthy they really were, and is passed down generations, maybe sold and bought even, thus conveying to future generations just how well the subject did for themselves.’
    very, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, especially, tremendously, immensely, vastly, hugely
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