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Synonyms for smelly
ˈsmɛl ismel·ly

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  1. smellyadjective

    dodgy, whiffy, suspicious, malodorous, dubious, stinky, fetid, rank, suspect, foul-smelling, doubtful

    aromatic, fragrant, above board, sweet-smelling, clean

  2. smellyadjective

    Having a bad smell.

    She was hesitant to remove her shoes, as her socks were rather smelly.

    dubious, doubtful, fetid, foul-smelling, suspicious, dodgy, rank, stinky, malodorous, whiffy, suspect

    sweet-smelling, aromatic, above board, clean, fragrant

  3. smellyadjective

    having a quality that arouses suspicion.

    The detective read the documents and thought, Something sure is smelly about this case.

    fetid, dubious, doubtful, rank, malodorous, dodgy, foul-smelling, suspect, whiffy, stinky, suspicious

    aromatic, fragrant, above board, clean, sweet-smelling

  4. smellyadjective

    Of inferior quality.

    That smelly code needs to be refactored.

    suspicious, dodgy, stinky, malodorous, whiffy, rank, doubtful, suspect, foul-smelling, fetid, dubious

    above board, aromatic, sweet-smelling, clean, fragrant

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fetid, foetid, foul, foul-smelling, funky, noisome, smelly, stinking, ill-scentedadjective

    offensively malodorous

    "a foul odor"; "the kitchen smelled really funky"

    filthy, noisome, fetid, nauseous, revolting, nauseating, marked-up, foul, lousy, repellent, sickening, dirty, distasteful, offensive, cruddy, ill-scented, foetid, vile, low-down, disgustful, crappy, stinking, disgusting, afoul(ip), cheating(a), rotten, foul-smelling, loathsome, icky, wicked, yucky, unsportsmanlike, skanky, nasty, unsporting, funky, smutty, stinky, repelling, loathly, shitty, fouled, queasy, repellant


Editors Contribution

  1. stinky

    Submitted by anonymous on May 19, 2021  

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "smelly":

    stinky, stinking, filthy

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  1. Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez:

    What we use is the building blocks of seaweed, we remove all the green stuff and the smelly stuff.

  2. South African Stacey Fru:

    I thought the books I was reading were also made by the kids my age and I thought okay, I want to be like them and I want to write my own book, so I did, ... I knew ('Smelly Cats') was going to be a good story. So I didn't do any extra planning, I just started ...writing first day.

  3. Muhammad Ali:

    I have brought Rexona (deodorant) because, according to my wife, I have smelly body odor, but I am really optimistic I can pass all the tests today.

  4. Muhammad Ali:

    I have brought Rexona (deodorant) because, according to my wife, I have smelly body odour, but I am really optimistic I can pass all the tests today.

  5. Rachel Gordon:

    We've gotten many, many calls from people who wanted it done in their alley or on their buildings, some people are saying it's just a gimmick, but other people hope it will combat some of the smelly areas of San Francisco that have been saturated with urine.

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    A synonym of "dry"
    • A. sodden
    • B. steamy
    • C. drippy
    • D. juiceless

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