having a strong pleasant odor
The roses should bloom this spring and provide a particularly
aromatic experience for gallery visitors.
Something aromatic has a distinctive, strong smell that is usually quite positive. Some people light incense because it’s aromatic. This term is closely related to
aroma, a fancier, more positive word for a smell.
a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
“Animal feces are also part of the diet of some slug species,” he says, which probably adds a certain pungency to a slug’s
a foul-smelling outflow or vapor
Residents were forced to flee to the second floor as their kitchens and living rooms were subsumed in noxious
.The Guardian (Nov 12, 2015)
She describes the rest of her month in the workhouse as full of black mold, rats and blocked toilets churning up
waste.The Guardian (Sep 24, 2018)
She tore a clump of fresh mint leaves from the
fragrant patch at her feet.
Since the 1500s,
fragrant has been tossed around as a word for smells that people enjoy. This synonym for
aromatic describes anything that smells as sweet as a flower dipped in chocolate. A pleasant smell is a
fragrance. People often refer to perfumes as fragrances, because they are (at least in theory) very pleasing smells.
having an unpleasant smell
of noxious stench from atmospheric pollution
The air, already
mephitic, became more and more impure.
Anything mephitic stinks and is usually a gas of some sort. An old, not especially successful term for a skunk is
mephitic weasel, which would also make an awesome name for a band.
resembling the smell of an odorous perfume
At our feet sprouted stink mushrooms, so named because their
musky odor attracts insects that spread the spores.
emitting a smell, especially an unpleasant smell
The insects rely primarily on smell to find prey, and female mosquitoes seem to flock to certain individuals over others based on differences in the
odoriferous chemicals produced by the human body.
When this word first popped up in the 1400s, it referred to pleasant, sweet smells. Over time, it became an equal opportunity adjective, describing all sorts of smells, good or bad, but generally ones that are strong and hard to ignore. Along the way,
odoriferous spawned a few fun variations are
odoriferousness. Along with the more succinct odor, this family of terms is descended from Latin.
of or relating to the sense of smell
This picture shows a sample from a mouse’s
olfactory bulb — a region of the brain involved in smell.
This Latin-derived word covers the full realm of smell. The nose is the olfactory organ. A cold is an olfactory problem. A baby is, generally, an olfactory disaster, while a pizza is an olfactory treat.
a distinctive odor that is pleasant
Then lilacs, white and purple, sent waves of
perfume over the porch in the evenings when a breeze sprang up.
having a sharp, biting, or caustic quality
City workers wrapped the animal in a towel and brought it inside despite its
Pungent means something close to redolent: a pungent smell is powerful, sharp, and in your face, literally. That could be a good or a bad thing, depending on the particular odor. Sharp tastes can also be described as pungent, which makes sense, since smell and taste are as mixed together as corporations and governments.
decay with an offensive smell
Sometimes, over a watercolor of Venice, nostalgia would transform the smell of mud and
shellfish of the canals into the warm aroma of flowers.One Hundred Years of Solitude
very offensive in smell or taste
Hiking. Biking. Running. Skiing. Adventure travel. All are guaranteed to generate sweat that can leave clothing smelling
Forbes (Mar 21, 2019)
having a strong pleasant odor
We breathed in the chilly mountain air,
redolent with damp leaves and earthiness, then hit the hay.
You can say a lot about a stench, but you can’t call it
redolent. This word applies to lovely, often sweet, smells. A bakery is redolent; so is a flower shop. A dumpster is not likely to be redolent. This word also has a non-nosy meaning: something redolent can be simply evocative or suggestive of something. For example, disco music is redolent of the seventies, and Rubik’s Cube is redolent of the eighties. The noun form is
smell badly and offensively
“I hate to mention it, but I’m going to
reek of garlic,” Lane said.
This four-letter word isn’t obscene, but it’s definitely a strong word. When something reeks, it doesn’t just stink: it stinks to high heaven. It stinks on an Olympic level. Why does reek mean reek? Well, the original sense referred to something burning, which does tend to stink.
any property detected by the olfactory system
They are sweetened with honey and often flavored with syrup that is
with rosewater, that undeniably powerful and sometimes polarizing ingredient.Washington Post (Mar 15, 2019)
a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
“It sounded like a plane taking off,” said Carolina, as the
stench of burnt plastic drifted across from the smoldering power plant.
This is another word for smells of the offensive sort. Like some other smell-centric words, this term went metaphorical. If an overdramatic superhero detects the stench of evil, they might not smell anything with their nose. But a villain’s underground lair has the stench of badness, even if the lab itself is full of flowers and air fresheners.
smell badly and offensively
The motion-sickness medication was losing its battle with the swells and the elephant seals’ spectacular
perceive by inhaling through the nose
He barely hides a smile as he takes a long, deep
If you get a whiff of something, you smelled it—but just a little smell. If your face is so deep in a bouquet of flowers that you’re practically eating them, that’s a lot more than a whiff. A whiff is a little smelly sample of something, and this word can refer to another small thing: a hint. If a business deal has a whiff of corruption, there’s a slight indication of something devious and illegal going on.