malodorous

You can use the adjective malodorous as a nicer way to say that something's stinky. Maybe you think your feet smell like roses, but if people move far away when your shoes come off, your rosy feet are probably malodorous.

Mal- is used to form words for bad things, and in this case, mal-odor-ous means having a bad odor. Synonyms for malodorous include "smelly," "rank," and "funky" — but not funky in a "get on with your bad self" good way, just funky bad. If you walk into a malodorous room, you might start checking the bottoms of your shoes to see if you stepped in something, and if a plate of malodorous food is served, you might cover your nose and mouth.

DEFINITIONS OF: malodorous

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adj having an unpleasant smell

Synonyms:
ill-smelling, malodourous, stinky, unpleasant-smelling
bilgy
smelling like bilge water
fetid, foetid, foul, foul-smelling, funky, ill-scented, noisome, smelly, stinking
offensively malodorous
frowsty, fusty, musty
stale and unclean smelling
gamey, gamy, high
(used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted
mephitic, miasmic
of noxious stench from atmospheric pollution
niffy
(British informal) malodorous
odoriferous, odorous
emitting an odor
putrid-smelling
having the putrid odor of decaying organic matter
rank-smelling
having an offensive rancid odor
reeking
giving off a strong unpleasant smell
rancid, sour
smelling of fermentation or staleness
Antonyms:
fragrant
pleasant-smelling
aromatic, redolent
having a strong pleasant odor
odoriferous, odorous, perfumed, scented, sweet, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling
having a natural fragrance
perfumed, scented
filled or impregnated with perfume
musky
resembling the smell of musk
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malodorous
malodourous
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