- v be extremely bad in quality or in one's performance
- v smell badly and offensively
- s very bad
it's a stinking world
- s offensively malodorous
- A 17th Century English proverb posed it thus: "Does ever any man cry stinking fish to be sold?" "Stinking fish" is a phrase much heard in Britain these days.
- The Potomac reaches the nation's capital as a pleasant stream, and leaves it stinking from the 240 million gallons of wastes that are flushed into it daily.
- One of the Governors, Vermont Democrat Philip Hoff, called Romney's statement "outrageous, kind of stinking," adding: "Either he's a most naive man or he lacks judgment.
- John McCain in CNN
It is a serious error on the part of Sen. Obama that shows naivetÃ© and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse,...
- Ned Yost in USA Today
He accomplished a no-hitter and wasn't given what he deserved. That should have been a no-hitter,Yost said. "That's a stinking no-hitter we all got cheated from. I feel horrible for CC."
- Tony La Russa in Boston Globe
I don't think we're stinking up the joint,said La Russa. "But we're better than some of the pitches and plays and swings we've had."