AskDefine | Define smelly

Dictionary Definition

smelly adj : offensively malodorous; "a putrid smell" [syn: fetid, foetid, foul, foul-smelling, funky, noisome, putrid, stinking] [also: smelliest, smellier]

User Contributed Dictionary

see smellies



  • , /ˈsmɛli/, /"smEli/
  • Rhymes: -ɛli


  1. Having a bad smell.
    She was hesitant to remove her shoes, as her socks were rather smelly.
  2. In the context of "figurative": having a quality that arouses suspicion.
    The detective read the documents and thought, "Something sure is smelly about this case".
  3. In the context of "figurative|computing": Of inferior quality.
    That smelly code needs to be refactored.




having a bad smell
having a quality that arouses suspicion
computing: of inferior quality

Extensive Definition

smelly may be:
  • nickname of punk drummer Erik Sandin
  • nickname of British-Lebanese businessman Ely Calil
  • an adjective describing something with a disagreeable odor

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