malodorous [mal-oh-der-uh s] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for malodorous on adjective

  1. having an unpleasant or offensive odor; smelling bad: a malodorous swamp.

Origin of malodorous First recorded in 1840–50; mal- + odorous Related formsmal·o·dor·ous·ly, adverbmal·o·dor·ous·ness, nounCan be confusedmalodorous odious odoriferous odorous smelly stinky Related Words for malodorous bad, decayed, fetid, foul, frowzy, funky, gamy, high, infested, lousy, mephitic, musty, nasty, nauseating, noisome, noxious, off, offensive, poisonous, putrid Examples from the Web for malodorous Historical Examples of malodorous

  • He embraced his daughter, and then again Pierre, and kissed him with his malodorous mouth.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • But what was Milton doing in this malodorous and noisy assembly?


    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh

  • He saw the squalid tract of her vice, miserable and malodorous.


    James Joyce

  • It has become a byword among the people as a malodorous cesspool.

    Chicago, Satan’s Sanctum

    L. O. Curon

  • He rose, went to the window, and cast forth the malodorous thing.

    Stover at Yale

    Owen Johnson

  • British Dictionary definitions for malodorous malodorous adjective

    1. having a bad smell

    Derived Formsmalodorously, adverbmalodorousness, noun Word Origin and History for malodorous adj.

    1832, from mal- “bad” + odorous. Related: Malodorously; malodorousness.

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