Definition of whiffy in English:



  • Having an unpleasant smell.

    ‘whiffy socks’
    • ‘It's also starting to smell like a greenhouse - those tomato plants are really whiffy!’
    • ‘There is no escape, you're going to have to walk past stalls dripping with ethnic jewellery, steaming stir fries, pseudo-Wiccan paperbacks, whiffy candles and t-shirts emblazoned with hemp leaves.’
    • ‘I have some other stuff I'll change into when the suit gets a bit whiffy.’
    • ‘Docherty is, at this very moment, embodying the phenomenon by wearing combat trousers and a furry-hooded anorak and being, frankly, a bit whiffy.’
    • ‘It's about time we had that in sweaty old London during the summer - how many times have you been stuck underground, or elsewhere, next to some whiffy old so-and-so in his crumbled suit?’
    • ‘This, I thought contemplating another few cramped and whiffy hours, had better be worth it.’
    • ‘For a few days we have been conscious of a bit of a whiffy smell.’
    • ‘The plane is stuffy and the toilets are getting whiffy.’
    • ‘Some old guys don't wash and change their clothes as often as they might and this one was a little on the whiffy side.’
    • ‘A decade ago, videogaming could still be accurately characterised as the preserve of quiet, inward-looking and often fairly whiffy teenage boys with too much time on their hands.’
    • ‘Trick is keeping the soap whiffy, so that means changing it every month or so.’
    • ‘A colleague assures me this is simply the smell of summer - alternative theatre venues are notoriously whiffy.’
    • ‘I nipped over to see if I could squeeze on the bus, but found the compact upstairs compartment a bit too, well, whiffy.’
    • ‘A couple of drinks later, the prospect of taking a shower no longer appeals; they're only going to stuff themselves back into a whiffy old drysuit and get back in the water tomorrow, so why bother?’
    • ‘The group of people there will almost certainly contain a number of men my age who are unshaven, whiffy, and wearing the same dirty tee shirt they slept in.’
    • ‘Anyway, I certainly wasn't going to get into all this with a greying and slightly whiffy street person who I barely knew and right in front of my office too - so I just replied, ‘No.’’
    • ‘Certain parts of Shanghai are already fairly malodorous, and as the temperature rises in the coming months, our noses are already set to be treated to more whiffy wafts.’
    • ‘I suspect they used the same one for the entire film and just sprayed it with room deodoriser when it started getting whiffy.’
    • ‘The island's speciality is dried seafood, and trays of whiffy prawns and cuttlefish stained the evening air.’
    • ‘Tempting as it was to pass round the oatcakes and crack open a bottle of Burgundy there and then, its whiffy pong soon ruled out any chance of afternoon nibbles.’
    unpleasant, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, awful, dreadful, horrible, terrible, vile, foul, abominable, frightful, loathsome, revolting, repulsive, odious, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, repellent, repugnant, horrendous, hideous, appalling, atrocious, offensive, objectionable, obnoxious, unpalatable, unsavoury, unappetizing, off-putting, uninviting, dirty, filthy, squalid
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