odorous

Anything that has a strong scent can be described as odorous. Usually if you say something is odorous you mean that it smells unpleasant — like an odorous blue cheese made from unpasteurized milk.

The adjective odorous comes from the Latin odorus, meaning “fragrant.” Typically, you wouldn’t say, “those roses you sent me are so odorous!” Although that comment could be literally correct, the implication would be insulting to the giver of said roses. More common uses of odorous might include: odorous gym mats, odorous garbage can, odorous gas fumes — you get the picture. Or rather the stench.

Definitions of odorous
  1. adjective
    having odor or a characteristic odor
    odorous jasmine flowers”
    odorous garbage”
    “fresh odorous bread”
    Synonyms:
    alliaceous
    smelling of onions or garlic
    almond-scented
    smelling of almond
    anise-scented
    smelling of anise
    apple-scented
    smelling of apples
    balsam-scented
    smelling of balsam resin
    candy-scented
    smelling of candy
    cedar-scented
    smelling like cedar
    cinnamon-scented
    smelling of cinnamon
    clove-scented
    smelling of clove
    ginger-scented
    smelling of ginger
    honey-scented
    smelling of honey
    lemon-scented
    smelling of lemons
    mint-scented
    smelling of mint
    musk-scented, musky-scented
    smelling of musk
    pleasant-smelling
    having an odor that is pleasing
    redolent, smelling
    (used with `of' or `with') noticeably odorous
    scented
    (used in combination) having the odor of
    spice-scented
    smelling of spices
    strong-scented, strong-smelling
    having a strong odor
    tansy-scented, tansy-smelling
    smelling of tansy
    tea-scented
    smelling of tea
    vanilla-scented
    smelling of vanilla
    violet-scented
    smelling of violets
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    Antonyms:
    inodorous, odorless, odourless
    having no odor
    non-aromatic
    not aromatic
    scentless
    emitting or holding no odor
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  2. adjective
    emitting an odor
    odorous salt pork and weevily hardtack”
    synonyms: odoriferous
    ill-smelling, malodorous, malodourous, stinky, unpleasant-smelling
    having an unpleasant smell
  3. adjective
    having a natural fragrance
    “the odorous air of the orchard”
    synonyms: odoriferous, perfumed, scented, sweet, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling
    fragrant
    pleasant-smelling
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