stinker
noun Date: 1602 1. a. an offensive or contemptible person b. one that stinks c. something of very poor quality; also dud 2a <
the movie is a stinker
>
2. any of several large petrels that have an offensive odor 3. slang something extremely difficult <
the examination was a real stinker
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Stinker — Stink er, n. 1. One who, or that which, stinks. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of the several species of large antarctic petrels which feed on blubber and carrion and have an offensive odor, as the giant fulmar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stinker — Stinker, 1) eine übelriechende Mineralquelle bei Marching, s.d.; 2) so v.w. Winnebagos; 3) so v.w. Iltis …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • stinker — ► NOUN informal 1) a person or thing that stinks. 2) a contemptible or very unpleasant person or thing …   English terms dictionary

  • stinker — [stiŋk′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that stinks 2. Slang a) a contemptible, obnoxious, or disgusting person b) a very difficult task, problem, etc. c) something of very low standard or quality …   English World dictionary

  • stinker — stink|er [ˈstıŋkə US ər] n informal 1.) someone or something that is very unpleasant or difficult ▪ This cold I ve got is a real stinker . ▪ You really are a stinker. 2.) a film, book, performance etc that is very bad have a stinker BrE (=play… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stinker — 1. n. an unpleasant or wicked person. □ Jerry is a real stinker. Look what he did! □ What stinker messed up my desk? 2. n. a serious problem. □ This whole business is a real stinker. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • stinker —    Used in modern times as a fairly mild insult, though it seems to have been much more forceful at the turn of the century. Webster’s Dictionary defined it in 1911 as ‘one who is disgustingly contemptible, a stinkard’. ‘Stinkard’ is now obsolete …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • stinker — [[t]stɪ̱ŋkə(r)[/t]] stinkers N COUNT (disapproval) If you describe someone or something as a stinker, you mean that you think they are very unpleasant or bad. [INFORMAL] I think he s an absolute stinker to do that to her... I thought it was a… …   English dictionary

  • stinker — noun (C) informal 1 something that is very difficult or unpleasant: This cold I ve got is a real stinker. 2 someone who behaves badly: That son of theirs is a little stinker! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • stinker — UK [ˈstɪŋkə(r)] / US [ˈstɪŋkər] noun [countable] Word forms stinker : singular stinker plural stinkers informal something that is very difficult or unpleasant …   English dictionary

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