stink / stingk/ • v. (past stank / stangk/ or stunk / stəngk/ ; past part. stunk) [intr.] 1. have a strong unpleasant smell: the place stank like a sewer his breath stank of drink. ∎ [tr.] (stink a place up) fill a place with such a smell: I hope they are not going to stink up the house with curry.2. inf. be very unpleasant, contemptible, or scandalous: the industry's reputation stinks. ∎ (stink of) be highly suggestive of (something regarded with disapproval): the whole affair stinks of a setup. ∎ (stink of) have or appear to have a scandalously large amount of (something, esp. money): the whole place was luxurious and stank of money.• n. [in sing.] 1. a strong unpleasant smell; a stench: the stink of the place hit me as I went in.2. inf. a commotion or fuss: we go to the Four Seasons where Brad makes a big stink about getting a fountainside table.