Synonyms of smell


1. smell, odor, odour, olfactory sensation, olfactory perception, sensation, esthesis, aesthesis, sense experience, sense impression, sense datum

usage: the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"

2. olfactory property, smell, aroma, odor, odour, scent, property

usage: any property detected by the olfactory system

3. spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell, atmosphere, ambiance, ambience

usage: 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"

4. smell, sense of smell, olfaction, olfactory modality, modality, sense modality, sensory system, exteroception

usage: the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents

5. smell, smelling, sensing, perception

usage: the act of perceiving the odor of something


1. smell, perceive, comprehend

usage: inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense

2. smell, cause to be perceived

usage: emit an odor; "The soup smells good"

3. smell, smell

usage: smell bad; "He rarely washes, and he smells"

4. smack, reek, smell, suggest, evoke, paint a picture

usage: have an element suggestive (of something); "his speeches smacked of racism"; "this passage smells of plagiarism"

5. smell, smell out, sense, perceive

usage: become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; "I sense his hostility"; "i smell trouble"; "smell out corruption"

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