stinky

Stinky things smell bad. If your gym uniform is particularly stinky after a game of volleyball, you should probably wash it.

You might describe the gorgonzola cheese your sister loves as stinky. She, on the other hand, may object to your favorite perfume, describing it as stinky. Besides bad odors, the informal adjective stinky can also describe generally bad or rotten things: "You did a stinky job of cleaning the kitchen after you baked all that bread. There's flour everywhere!"

Definitions of stinky
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adj having an unpleasant smell

Synonyms:
ill-smelling, malodorous, malodourous, 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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adj very bad

Synonyms:
icky, lousy, rotten, stinking
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities

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