stench

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English stenċ, from Proto-Germanic *stankwaz. Compare Dutch and German stank.

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NounEdit

stench (plural stenches)

  1. a strong foul smell, a stink
  2. (figuratively) a foul quality
    the stench of political corruption
  3. (obsolete) A smell or odour, not necessarily bad.
    • Dryden
      Clouds of savoury stench involve the sky.

SynonymsEdit

  • (disagreeable smell): stink, pong (Commonwealth)

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VerbEdit

stench (third-person singular simple present stenches, present participle stenching, simple past and past participle stenched)

  1. (obsolete) To cause to emit a disagreeable odour; to cause to stink.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Young to this entry?)
  2. To stanch.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Harvey to this entry?)
Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 16:03