One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having a strong (usually unpleasant) smell; stinking.
2Figurative. Of a person, or his or her appearance, behaviour, etc.: disgusting, offensive, unpleasant; worthless or contemptible. Also (chiefly of a woman): sexually promiscuous.
3Of popular music (especially funk): passionate, forceful, and uncompromising in style or performance; having a driving beat or rhythm; extremely funky.
1970s; earliest use found in Journal of American Folklore. Probably representing a regional, affected, or colloquial pronunciation of stinky, perhaps influenced by stank, past tense of stink. Perhaps compare also skank and skanky, and perhaps also jank and janky.
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