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"stink" in British English

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stinkverb [I]

uk   us   /stɪŋk/ (stank or US and Australian English also stunk, stunk) informal
  • stink verb [I] (SMELL)

to ​smell very ​unpleasant: Your ​feet stink! The ​morning after the ​party, the ​wholehouse stank ofbeer and ​cigarettes. He hadn't ​showered for over a ​week and stank to high ​heaven (= a lot). The woman next to me ​sprayed on some ​perfume and stank out the ​wholeplace (= ​filled it with an ​unpleasantsmell).

stinknoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /stɪŋk/ informal
a ​strongunpleasantsmell: The stink ofrottingseaweed was ​strong along the seashore.
(Definition of stink from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stink" in American English

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stinkverb [I]

 us   /stɪŋk/ (past tense stank  /stæŋk/ or stunk  /stʌŋk/ , past participle stunk  /stʌŋk/ ) infml
  • stink verb [I] (SMELL)

to ​smell very ​unpleasant: [I] Yourfeet stink.
  • stink verb [I] (BE BAD)

to be ​extremelybad or ​unpleasant: The ​musicscene here stinks.
Phrasal verbs

stinknoun

 us   /stɪŋk/
  • stink noun (BAD REACTION)

[U] infml a ​negativereaction from a ​group of ​people or from the ​public: City employees are ​raising a stink over the ​plan.
  • stink noun (BAD SMELL)

[C] a very ​unpleasantsmell: I can’t ​stand the stink of ​rottenmeat.
(Definition of stink from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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