Definition of stinker in US English:

stinker

noun

informal
  • 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 very bad or unpleasant person or thing.
      ‘have those little stinkers been bullying you?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sure, I thought Independence Day and Godzilla were both stinkers but I really enjoyed The Day After Tomorrow.’
      • ‘There have been some stinkers in Sydney over the last few years, but let's not get into bagging them now.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course, every industry will have its share of stinkers and gems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In direct opposition of these lovelies are stinkers like ‘Gandhi’ and ‘Radio Baghdad.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't care if he's had a bad game, a stinker or four stinkers in a row.’
      • ‘‘With marketing costs spiralling every year, studios increasingly have both economic and psychological incentives to keep their stinkers in the closet,’ he explained.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘He's written enough that there are some stinkers in there, but that's what happens when you write a lot.’
      • ‘I do beat up my brothers sometimes, but only because I like them, have their best interests at heart, and the stinkers deserve it.’
      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.’

Pronunciation

stinker

/ˈstɪŋkər//ˈstiNGkər/