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smell

 (smĕl)
n.
1.
a. The sense, located in the nasal cavities of mammals and relying on the olfactory nerves, by which molecules borne in a fluid such as air can be perceived; the olfactory sense.
b. A similar sense in other animals, as insects' ability to perceive air-borne molecules with their antennae.
2. The act or an instance of smelling: got a smell of the pie.
3.
a. A quality of something that is perceived by the sense of smell; an odor: the smell of a barn.
b. A distinctive enveloping or characterizing quality; an aura or trace: the smell of success.
v. smelled or smelt (smĕlt), smell·ing, smells
v.tr.
1.
a. To perceive (an odor) by the sense of smell.
b. To perceive or detect (something) by a chemosensory organ, such as an antenna.
2. To inhale the air near (something); sniff: smiled as she smelled the rose.
3. To detect or discover, as by intuition or inference: We smelled trouble ahead. The committee tried to smell out corruption in law enforcement.
v.intr.
1. To use the sense of smell.
2. To sniff: The dog was smelling around the bed.
3.
a. To have or emit an odor: "The breeze smelled exactly like Vouvray—flowery, with a hint of mothballs underneath" (Anne Tyler).
b. To have or emit an unpleasant odor; stink: This closet smells.
4.
a. To be suggestive; have a touch of something: a remark that smells of sanctimony.
b. To appear to be dishonest or corrupt: The political situation is starting to smell.
Idioms:
smell a rat Slang
To suspect that something is wrong.
smell blood
To sense an opportunity for advantage at someone else's expense.
smell the roses
To spend time in leisurely enjoyment.

[Middle English smel, of unknown origin.]
Synonyms: smell, aroma, odor, scent
These nouns denote a quality that can be perceived by the olfactory sense: the smell of smoke; the aroma of frying onions; hospital odors; the scent of pine needles.

smell

(smɛl)
vb, smells, smelling, smelt or smelled
1. (Physiology) (tr) to perceive the scent or odour of (a substance) by means of the olfactory nerves
2. (copula) to have a specified smell; appear to the sense of smell to be: the beaches smell of seaweed; some tobacco smells very sweet.
3. (often foll by: of) to emit an odour (of): the park smells of flowers.
4. (intr) to emit an unpleasant odour; stink
5. (often foll by: out) to detect through shrewdness or instinct
6. (Physiology) (intr) to have or use the sense of smell; sniff
7. (foll by: of) to give indications (of): he smells of money.
8. (intr; foll by around, about, etc) to search, investigate, or pry
9. (copula) to be or seem to be untrustworthy or corrupt
10. smell a rat to detect something suspicious
n
11. (Physiology) that sense (olfaction) by which scents or odours are perceived.
12. anything detected by the sense of smell; odour; scent
13. a trace or indication
14. the act or an instance of smelling
[C12: of uncertain origin; compare Middle Dutch smölen to scorch]
ˈsmeller n

smell

(smɛl)

v. smelled smelt, smell•ing, v.t.
1. to perceive the odor or scent of through the nose by means of the olfactory nerves; inhale the odor of.
2. to test by the sense of smell: He smelled the meat to see if it was fresh.
3. to perceive, detect, or discover by shrewdness or sagacity: The detective smelled foul play.
v.i.
4. to perceive the odor or scent of something.
5. to give off or have an odor or scent.
6. to have a particular odor or scent: to smell of fish.
7. to give out an offensive odor; stink.
8. to have a trace or suggestion (fol. by of).
9. to search or investigate (fol. by around or about).
10. Informal. to be of inferior quality; stink.
11. Informal. to appear to be guilty, corrupt, etc.
12. smell out, to look for or detect by or as if by smelling.
13. smell up, to fill with an offensive odor; stink up.
n.
14. the sense of smell; faculty of smelling.
15. that quality of a thing that is or may be smelled; odor; scent.
16. a trace or suggestion.
17. an act or instance of smelling.
18. a pervading appearance, character, quality, or influence: the smell of money.
Idioms:
smell a rat, to suspect that something is wrong.
[1125–75; early Middle English smell, smull (n.), smellen, smullen (v.), of obscure orig.]
smell′er, n.
syn: See odor.

Smell

 

See Also: AIR, SWEAT

  1. The air smelled like damp flannel —Jonathan Kellerman
  2. The air smelled … like the interior of the Bastille in 1760 —Carlos Baker
  3. As malodorous as a badly ventilated lion house in a zoo —John Cheever
  4. A close antiseptic odor like an empty schoolroom —George Garrett
  5. A dark wet smell like a cave —Pat Conroy
  6. He smelled like something that spent the winter in a cave —Sue Grafton
  7. It [a hotel lobby] smelled like fifty million dead cigars —J. D. Salinger
  8. A kitchen odor hung about like a bad mood —Tom Maclntyre
  9. The lingering odor of sweat like sour wheat —Louise Erdrich
  10. (He gave off an) odor like a neglected gym locker —Wallace Stegner
  11. The odor of her body, like salted flowers —Bernard Malamud
  12. The odor (of newly turned earth) steamed up around him like incense —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  13. The office smelled like hot coffee —Richard Ford
  14. An old man smells old … like old clothes that need an airing —Saul Bellow
  15. The place smells like a wrestler’s armpit —Jilly Cooper
  16. Pleasantly pungent, like the smell of one’s own body —John Updike
  17. Reek like last week’s fish —Mike Sommer
  18. The scent [from garden] rises like heat from a body —Margaret Atwood
  19. Scent rising like incense (from the cleavage of her splendid bosom) —Jilly Cooper
  20. The sea smelled like a sail whose billows had caught up water, salt, and a cold sun —Robert Goddard
  21. Sexual smells, like the odor of an excellent cheese, are considered foul by those who experienced them without their appetites being involved —Judith Martin
  22. A smell [of cheap cologne] like rotten bananas in a straw basket —Jonathan Valin
  23. [Hallway of a hotel] smelled like hot bread and clean laundry —Richard Ford
  24. Smelled like something the cat dragged in —American colloquialism
  25. (Mrs. Lamb) smelled like spoiled lilacs —Richard Ford
  26. [A boy] smelled like the bottom of a calf pen where the piss settled and burned the yellow straw red and when you turned the straw over with a fork the ammonia smell made your eyes water —Will Weaver
  27. Smell fresh as apples —John Braine
  28. (Soft-spoken women) smelling like washed babies —Philip Levine
  29. Smell like an open drain —Louis MacNeice
  30. Smell like a sick skunk —Elmer Kelton
  31. The smell of moist earth and lilacs hung in the air like wisps of the past and hints of the future —Margaret Millar
  32. Smells like the underneath of a car —Carolyn Chute
  33. Smells badly like things that have been too long dead —Donald McCaig
  34. Smells fresh as melting snow —W. P. Kinsella
  35. Smell stronger than a ton of rotten mangoes —Hunter S. Thompson
  36. Smell (of carnations) … thick as smoke in the sun —Mary Stewart
  37. [Honeysuckle smell] smothering, like an anesthetic —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  38. A stale smell like a bad embalming job —Jimmy Sangster
  39. (The married man is grateful for) the stuffy room that smells of his wife like a bar smells of beer —David Denby
  40. There was a foul reek of something fecund and feline, like the stench of old lion spore upon the veldt —Tama Janowitz
  41. Wet fields reek like some long empty church —John Betjeman

smell

Smell can be a noun or a verb. The past tense and -ed participle of the verb is smelled, but smelt is also used in British English.

1. used as a noun

The smell of something is a quality it has that you are aware of through your nose.

I love the smell of fresh bread.
What's that smell?
2. used as an intransitive verb

If you say that something smells, you mean that people are aware of it because of its unpleasant smell.

The fridge is beginning to smell.
His feet smell.

You can say that a place or object smells of a particular thing, which can be pleasant or unpleasant.

The house smelled of flowers.
Her breath smelt of coffee.

Be Careful!
You must use of in sentences like these. Don't say 'The house smelled freshly baked bread'.

You can say that one place or thing smells like another thing, which can be pleasant or unpleasant.

The house smelt like a hospital ward.
I love this shampoo – it smells like lemons.

You can also use smell with an adjective to say that something has a pleasant or unpleasant smell.

What is it? It smells delicious.
The room smelled damp.

Be Careful!
Don't use an adverb after smell. Don't say, for example, 'It smells deliciously'.

3. used as a transitive verb

If you can smell something, you are aware of it through your nose.

I could smell the dinner cooking in the kitchen.
Can you smell the ocean?

Be Careful!
You usually use can or could in sentences like these. You usually say, for example, 'I can smell gas' rather than 'I smell gas'. Don't use a progressive form. Don't say 'I am smelling gas'.

smell


Past participle: smelled/smelt
Gerund: smelling

Imperative
smell
smell
Present
I smell
you smell
he/she/it smells
we smell
you smell
they smell
Preterite
I smelled/smelt
you smelled/smelt
he/she/it smelled/smelt
we smelled/smelt
you smelled/smelt
they smelled/smelt
Present Continuous
I am smelling
you are smelling
he/she/it is smelling
we are smelling
you are smelling
they are smelling
Present Perfect
I have smelled/smelt
you have smelled/smelt
he/she/it has smelled/smelt
we have smelled/smelt
you have smelled/smelt
they have smelled/smelt
Past Continuous
I was smelling
you were smelling
he/she/it was smelling
we were smelling
you were smelling
they were smelling
Past Perfect
I had smelled/smelt
you had smelled/smelt
he/she/it had smelled/smelt
we had smelled/smelt
you had smelled/smelt
they had smelled/smelt
Future
I will smell
you will smell
he/she/it will smell
we will smell
you will smell
they will smell
Future Perfect
I will have smelled/smelt
you will have smelled/smelt
he/she/it will have smelled/smelt
we will have smelled/smelt
you will have smelled/smelt
they will have smelled/smelt
Future Continuous
I will be smelling
you will be smelling
he/she/it will be smelling
we will be smelling
you will be smelling
they will be smelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been smelling
you have been smelling
he/she/it has been smelling
we have been smelling
you have been smelling
they have been smelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been smelling
you will have been smelling
he/she/it will have been smelling
we will have been smelling
you will have been smelling
they will have been smelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been smelling
you had been smelling
he/she/it had been smelling
we had been smelling
you had been smelling
they had been smelling
Conditional
I would smell
you would smell
he/she/it would smell
we would smell
you would smell
they would smell
Past Conditional
I would have smelled/smelt
you would have smelled/smelt
he/she/it would have smelled/smelt
we would have smelled/smelt
you would have smelled/smelt
they would have smelled/smelt
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smell - the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous formsmell - the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"
aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression - an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation; "a sensation of touch"
scent - an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced
fragrance, perfume, scent, aroma - a distinctive odor that is pleasant
fetor, foetor, malodor, malodour, reek, stench, stink, mephitis - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
acridity - having an acrid smell
2.smell - any property detected by the olfactory systemsmell - any property detected by the olfactory system
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
fragrancy, redolence, bouquet, fragrance, sweetness - a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
fetidness, malodorousness, stinkiness, rankness, foulness - the attribute of having a strong offensive smell
muskiness - having the olfactory properties of musk
rancidness - the property of being rancid
3.smell - the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on peoplesmell - the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
ambiance, ambience, atmosphere - a particular environment or surrounding influence; "there was an atmosphere of excitement"
Hollywood - a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry; "some people in publishing think of theirs as a glamorous medium so they copy the glitter of Hollywood"
Zeitgeist - the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
4.smell - the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
sense modality, sensory system, modality - a particular sense
exteroception - sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
nose - the sense of smell (especially in animals); "the hound has a good nose"
5.smell - the act of perceiving the odor of somethingsmell - the act of perceiving the odor of something
sensing, perception - becoming aware of something via the senses
sniff, snuff - sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose
Verb1.smell - inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
perceive, comprehend - to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
sniff, whiff - perceive by inhaling through the nose; "sniff the perfume"
scent, nose, wind - catch the scent of; get wind of; "The dog nosed out the drugs"
snuff, snuffle - sniff or smell inquiringly
get a noseful, get a whiff - smell strongly and intensely
2.smell - emit an odor; "The soup smells good"
cause to be perceived - have perceptible qualities
smell - smell bad; "He rarely washes, and he smells"
smell up, stink out, stink up - cause to smell bad; fill with a bad smell
3.smell - smell bad; "He rarely washes, and he smells"
smell - emit an odor; "The soup smells good"
reek, stink - smell badly and offensively; "The building reeks of smoke"
salute - become noticeable; "a terrible stench saluted our nostrils"
4.smell - have an element suggestive (of something); "his speeches smacked of racism"; "this passage smells of plagiarism"
paint a picture, suggest, evoke - call to mind; "this remark evoked sadness"
5.smell - become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; "I sense his hostility"; "i smell trouble"; "smell out corruption"
perceive - become conscious of; "She finally perceived the futility of her protest"

smell

noun
1. odour, scent, fragrance, perfume, bouquet, savour, aroma, whiff, niff (Brit. slang), redolence the smell of freshly baked bread
2. stink, stench, reek, pong (Brit. informal), niff (Brit. slang), malodour, fetor horrible smells
verb
1. reek, stink, have the fragrance of, whiff The room smelled of lemons.
2. stink, reek, pong (Brit. informal), hum (slang), whiff (Brit. slang), stink to high heaven (informal), niff (Brit. slang), be malodorous Do my feet smell?
3. sniff, scent, get a whiff of, detect the smell of, nose We could smell the gas.
smell of something smack of, suggest, seem like, have the hallmarks of, have all the signs of The lawyer's solution smells of quackery.
Related words
adjective olfactory
fear olfactophobia

smell

verb
1. To perceive with the olfactory sense:
Idiom: catch a whiff of.
2. To have or give off a foul odor:
3. To have a particular flavor or suggestion of something:
noun
1. The sense by which odors are perceived:
2. The quality of something that may be perceived by the olfactory sense:
3. A general impression produced by a predominant quality or characteristic:
Translations
الشَّمحاسَّة الشَّمرَائِحَةرائِحَهفَاحَتْ مِنْهُ رَائِحَةُ...
čichčichatcítitpachvonět
lugtlugtelugte tillugtesansduft
haistaahajuhajuaistihaista
mirismirisatipomirisati
megszagolszaglásszagolérzi a szagát
aromabau
finna lykt aflykt, òefur, ilmur, daunnlykta, òefja, angalykta/òefa aflyktarskyn
においにおいがするにおいを嗅ぐ嗅覚
...의 냄새가 나다냄새냄새를 맡다
pauostytiprasmirdęsuostiuostymasuostyti
ostīšanaožaPasmaržo šo!pasmaržošanapasmaržot
byť cítiťovoňanieprivoňaťvoňať
dišatismrdetivohvohativonj
luktlukta
ได้กลิ่นกลิ่นมีกลิ่น
koklamakkokmakkokukoku alma duyusukokusunu almak
có mùimùingửi

smell

[smel] (smelled (smelt (vb: pt, pp)))
A. N
1. (= sense) → olfato m
to have a keen sense of smelltener buen olfato, tener un buen sentido del olfato
2. (= odour) → olor m
it has a nice smelltiene un olor agradablehuele bien
there's a smell of gas/of burninghuele a gas/a quemado
there was an unpleasant smellhabía un olor desagradable
it eliminates cooking smellselimina los olores de la cocina
the sweet smell of successla seducción del éxito
3. (= sniff) let's have a smelldéjame olerlo, déjame que lo huela
here, have a smellhuele esto
B. VT
1. (= perceive odour) → oler
I can smell gas/burninghuele a gas/a quemado, hay olor a gas/a quemado
I could smell cigarettes on his breathel aliento le olía a tabaco
dogs can smell fearlos perros pueden olfatear or oler el miedo
2. (= sniff) [person] → oler; [animal] → olfatear, oler
3. (fig) he smelled troublese olió problemas
to smell dangerolfatear el peligro
the press smelled a good story herela prensa se olió que aquí había noticia
see also rat A1
C. VI
1. (= emit odour) → oler
it smells goodhuele bien
that flower doesn't smellesa flor no tiene olor
it smells damp in hereaquí huele a humedad
to smell like stholer a algo
what does it smell like?¿a qué huele?
to smell of sth (lit, fig) → oler a algo
it smells of garlichuele a ajo
it's beginning to smell of a cover-upestá empezando a oler a encubrimiento
if food smells off, throw it awaysi la comida huele mal or a pasada, tírela
2. (= smell bad) → oler
that man smellsese hombre huele
your feet smellte huelen los pies
her breath smellsle huele el aliento
3. (= have sense of smell) since the operation she can't smelldesde que se operó ha perdido el sentido del olfato
4. (= sniff) [person] → olisquear; [animal] → olfatear
the dog smelled at my shoesel perro olfateó mis zapatos
smell out VT + ADV
1. (= find by scent) [dog] → olfatear
2. (= detect) she can always smell out a bargainsiempre sabe oler or olfatear una ganga
3. (= cause to smell) → hacer oler mal; (stronger) → apestar
it's smelling the room outestá haciendo oler mal el cuarto, está apestando el cuarto

smell

[ˈsmɛl] [smelt] (pt, pp) [smelled] (pt, pp)
n
(= odour) → odeur f
the smell of fresh bread → l'odeur du pain frais
What's that smell? → Qu'est-ce que c'est que cette odeur?
(= sense) → odorat m
the sense of smell → l'odorat m
vtsentir
I can't smell anything → Je ne sens rien.
vi
(= have odour) → sentir
to smell of sth → sentir qch
It smells of petrol → Ça sent l'essence.
it smells good → ça sent bon
(= smell bad) → sentir mauvais
That dog really smells! → Qu'est-ce qu'il sent mauvais, ce chien!

smell

vb: pret, ptp <smelt (esp Brit) or smelled>
n (= sense of smell, odour)Geruch m; (unpleasant also) → Gestank m; (fragrant also) → Duft m; it has a nice smelles riecht gut or angenehm; there’s a funny smell in herehier riecht es komisch; to have or take a smell at somethingan etw (acc)riechen or (dog etc) → schnuppern
vt
(lit)riechen; can or do you smell burning?riechst du, dass etwas brennt or (Cook) → anbrennt?; first he smells the winezunächst einmal riecht er an dem Wein
(fig) dangerwittern; to smell troubleÄrger or Stunk (inf)kommen sehen; to smell a rat (inf)Lunte or den Braten riechen, etw spitzkriegen; aha, I can smell a rat (inf)da scheint mir doch etwas faul zu sein!
viriechen; (unpleasantly also) → stinken; (fragrantly also) → duften; that smells! (lit, fig)das stinkt!; to smell of something (lit, fig)nach etw riechen; his breath smellser riecht aus dem Mund, er hat Mundgeruch; can fish smell?können Fische riechen?

smell

[smɛl] (smelled or smelt (vb: pt, pp))
1. n
a. (sense of smell) → olfatto, odorato; (of animal) (fig) → fiuto
to have a keen sense of smell (person) → avere l'olfatto sviluppato (animal) → avere un fiuto finissimo
b. (odour) → odore m; (pleasant) → profumo; (stench) → puzza
it has a nice smell → ha un buon odore
there's a strong smell of gas here → qui c'è una forte puzza di gas
2. vt (gas, cooking) → sentire odore di; (flower) → annusare
to smell something burning → sentire odore di bruciato
to smell danger (fig) → fiutare un pericolo
I smell a rat (fig) → qui gatta ci cova
3. vi (pleasantly) → sapere, odorare; (unpleasantly) → puzzare
my fingers smell of garlic → ho le dita che puzzano di aglio
it smells like chicken → odora di pollo
it smells good → ha un buon odore
it smells damp in here → c'è odore di umidità qui dentro
his breath smells → gli puzza l'alito
smell out vt + adv
a. (animal, prey, also) (fig) → fiutare
b. your feet are smelling the room out!i tuoi piedi appestano la stanza!

smell

(smel) noun
1. the sense or power of being aware of things through one's nose. My sister never had a good sense of smell.
2. the quality that is noticed by using this power. a pleasant smell; There's a strong smell of gas.
3. an act of using this power. Have a smell of this!
verbpast tense, past participles smelled, ~smelt (smelt)
1. to notice by using one's nose. I smell gas; I thought I smelt (something) burning.
2. to give off a smell. The roses smelt beautiful; Her hands smelt of fish.
3. to examine by using the sense of smell. Let me smell those flowers.
-smelling
having a (particular kind of) smell. a nasty-smelling liquid; sweet-smelling roses.
ˈsmelly adjective
having a bad smell. smelly fish.
ˈsmelliness noun
smell out
to find (as if) by smelling. We buried the dog's bone, but he smelt it out again.

smell

رَائِحَة, فَاحَتْ مِنْهُ رَائِحَةُ..., يَشَمُّ čichat, pach, zapáchat lugt, lugte Geruch, riechen, stinken μυρίζω, μυρωδιά oler, olfatear, olor haista, haistaa, haju odeur, sentir miris, mirisati, pomirisati odorare, odore, puzzare におい, においがする, においを嗅ぐ ...의 냄새가 나다, 냄새, 냄새를 맡다 geur, ruiken lukt, lukte pachnieć, poczuć zapach, zapach cheirar, cheiro обоняние, обонять, пахнуть lukt, lukta ได้กลิ่น, กลิ่น, มีกลิ่น koklamak, kokmak, koku có mùi, mùi, ngửi 气味,

smell

1. n. olor, aroma;
penetrating ______ penetrante;
2. sentido del olfato;
v. oler, percibir un olor.

smell

n olor m; vt oler; Can you smell this?..¿Puede oler esto?; vi oler; to — bad oler mal; to — like oler a
References in classic literature ?
Simple as the toilets were, there was a great deal of running up and down, laughing and talking, and at one time a strong smell of burned hair pervaded the house.
It didn't make a sound, but there was a smell as if a den of some wild beast was near here.
We were talking about what it is like to spend one's childhood in little towns like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled in vegetation, in the color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests; blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet-iron.
There were strange, rare odors abroad-- a tangle of the sea smell and of weeds and damp, new-plowed earth, mingled with the heavy perfume of a field of white blossoms somewhere near.
Keep everything in the shade," returned the scout; "the snapping of a flint, or even the smell of a single karnel of the brimstone, would bring the hungry varlets upon us in a body.
The place was damp, the air acrid with the smell of stale tobacco juice, and foul with the presence of many unwashed humans.
Now we have had a week of fog and rain, and whether the windows are open or not, the smell is here.
The mere smell of such festivity, making its way to everybody's nostrils, was at once an invitation and an appetite.
This opportunity came before tea: I secured five minutes with her in the housekeeper's room, where, in the twilight, amid a smell of lately baked bread, but with the place all swept and garnished, I found her sitting in pained placidity before the fire.
This young fellow's healthy cheek is like a sun-toasted pear in hue, and would seem to smell almost as musky; he cannot have been three days landed from his Indian voyage.
It has been said that the whale only breathes through his spout-hole; if it could truthfully be added that his spouts are mixed with water, then I opine we should be furnished with the reason why his sense of smell seems obliterated in him; for the only thing about him that at all answers to his nose is that identical spout-hole; and being so clogged with two elements, it could not be expected to have the power of smelling.
He never took all the straw away, and the smell from what lay underneath was very bad; while the strong vapors that rose made my eyes smart and inflame, and I did not feel the same appetite for my food.