Meaning of smell
Pronunciation: (smel), [key]
— v., n. smelled smelt, smell•ing,
- to perceive the odor or scent of through the nose by means of the olfactory nerves; inhale the odor of: I smell something burning.
- to test by the sense of smell: She smelled the meat to see if it was fresh.
- to perceive, detect, or discover by shrewdness or sagacity: The detective smelled foul play.
- to perceive something by its odor or scent.
- to search or investigate (fol. by around or about).
- to give off or have an odor or scent: Do the yellow roses smell?
- to give out an offensive odor; stink.
- to have a particular odor (fol. by of&hasp;): My hands smell of fish.
- to have a trace or suggestion (fol. by of&hasp;).
- to be of inferior quality; stink: The play is good, but the direction smells.
- to have the appearance or a suggestion of guilt or corruption: They may be honest, but the whole situation smells.
- See(def. 6).
- to look for or detect as if by smelling; search out: to smell out enemy spies.
- to fill with an offensive odor; stink up: The garbage smelled up the yard.
- the sense of smell; faculty of smelling.
- the quality of a thing that is or may be smelled; odor; scent.
- a trace or suggestion.
- an act or instance of smelling.
- a pervading appearance, character, quality, or influence: the smell of money.
- smell (Thesaurus)