malodorous
adjective Date: 1850 1. having a bad odor 2. highly improper <
malodorous practices and chicanery in high financial places — New Republic
>
malodorously adverbmalodorousness noun Synonyms: malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive <
malodorous fertilizers
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. stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting <
prisoners were held in stinking cells
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<
the fetid odor of skunk cabbage
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. noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive <
a stagnant, noisome sewer
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. putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter <
the putrid smell of rotting fish
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. rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell <
rank cigar smoke
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. fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age <
a fusty attic
>
<
the musty odor of a damp cellar
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • malodorous — malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, rancid, fusty, musty mean having an unpleasant smell. Malodorous is the general term which is referable to any smell of this character, from one that is noticeably unpleasant to one that is… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • malodorous — mal*o dor*ous, a. Offensive to the sense of smell; ill smelling. {mal*o dor*ous*ness}. n. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • malodorous — (adj.) 1832, from MAL (Cf. mal ) bad + ODOROUS (Cf. odorous). Related: Malodorously; malodorousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • malodorous — [adj] foul smelling bad, decayed, decomposed, fetid, foul, frowzy, funky*, fusty, gamy*, high*, infested, lousy, mephitic, musty, nasty, nauseating, noisome, noxious, off*, offensive, pestilential, poisonous, polluted, putrid, rancid, rank,… …   New thesaurus

  • malodorous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ smelling very unpleasant …   English terms dictionary

  • malodorous — [mal′ō′dər əs] adj. having a bad odor; stinking malodorously adv. malodorousness n …   English World dictionary

  • malodorous — [[t]mælo͟ʊdərəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is malodorous has an unpleasant smell. [LITERARY] ...tons of malodorous garbage bags. ...living in a malodorous London street …   English dictionary

  • malodorous — malodorously, adv. malodorousness, n. /mal oh deuhr euhs/, adj. having an unpleasant or offensive odor; smelling bad: a malodorous swamp. [1840 50; MAL + ODOROUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • malodorous — adjective /ˌmælˈəʊ.də.rəs,ˌmælˈoʊ.də.rəs/ a) Having a bad odor There were tons of malodorous garbage bags outside her house. b) Highly improper. Syn: foul, putrid, smelly, sti …   Wiktionary

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