Complete Definition of "smell"

English

Pronunciation
AHD|smĕl, IPA|/smɛl/, SAMPA|/smEl/
audio|en-us-smell.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɛl|-ɛl

Noun
en-noun|s|-

  1. A sensation, pleasant or unpleasant, detected by inhaling air (or, the case of water-breathing animals, water) carrying airborne molecules of a substance.

#: I love the smell of fresh bread.

  1. physiology The sense that detects smells.

Synonyms
(sensation):
*(pleasant): aroma, fragrance, odor/odour, scent
*(unpleasant): odor/odour, niff (informal), pong (informal), reek, stench, stink, whiff (informal)
(sense): olfaction (in technical use), sense of smell

Translations
trans-top|sensation
Albanian: joshë
Dutch: geur m, reuk m, stank m (unpleasant)
Finnish: haju
German: Geruch m
Hebrew: ריח (reykha) m
Hungarian: szag, illat (pleasant), bűz (unpleasant)
Indonesian: bau, aroma
Italian: odore#Italian|odore
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Kazakh: кетшi (ketşi)
Kurdish: KUchar|بۆن
Portuguese: cheiro m
Romanian: miros n
Russian: запах (zápakh) m
Spanish: olor m
Swedish: lukt c
Telugu: వాసన (vaasana)
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trans-top|sense
Albanian: erë
Catalan: olfacte
Czech: čich m
Dutch: reukzin m
Finnish: hajuaisti
French: odorat m
Hebrew: חוש הריח (khush ha-reykha) m
Hungarian: szaglás
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Japanese: 嗅覚
Kurdish KUchar|بۆن
Polish: węch
Portuguese: olfato m
Russian: обоняние (obonjánije) n, нюх (n'uχ)
Telugu: వాసన (vaasana)
Walloon: oda#Walloon|oda
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Verb
en-verb|smells|smelling|smelled or smelt

  1. transitive To sense a smell or smells.

#: I can smell fresh bread.
#: Smell the milk and tell me whether it's gone off.

  1. context|transitive|followed by like or of To have the smell (of).

#: His feet smell of cheese.
#: The bum smelt like a brewery.

  1. intransitive To have a particular smell, whether good or bad.

#: The roses smell lovely.

Synonyms
(sense a smell or smells): detect, sense
(have the smell of): (all followed by like or of)
*(pleasant):
*(unpleasant): pong (informal), reek, stink, whiff (informal)

Derived terms
top2
come up smelling of roses
sense of smell
smell a rat
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smell the barn
smelly
wake up and smell the coffee
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Translations
trans-top|sense a smell or smells
Arabic: ARchar|شم (šámma)
Chinese: 聞, 闻 (wén)
Czech: cítit
Dutch: ruiken
Finnish: haistaa
French: sentir
German: riechen
Hungarian: szagol, megszagol
Italian: sentire, fiutare
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Japanese: 匂う (におう, niou)
Korean: 냄새를 맡다 (naemsaereul matda)
Kurdish: KUchar|بۆنکردن
Latin: adolēre
Portuguese: cheirar
Romanian: mirosi
Russian: обонять (obonját’), чуять (čújat'), нюхать (n'úχat')
Spanish: oler
Swedish: lukta
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trans-top|have the smell of
Dutch: geuren, ruiken
Finnish: tuoksua, haista (joltakin)
French: sentir
trans-mid
Italian: sentire
Kurdish: KUchar|بۆن
Russian: пахнуть (páχnut')
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trans-top|have a particular smell
Dutch: ruiken, geuren, stinken (unpleasant)
Finnish: tuoksua, haista (unpleasant)
French: sentir
German: riechen, stinken (unpleasant)
Italian: sentire
trans-mid
Portuguese: cheirar
Romanian: mirosi
Russian: пахнуть (páχnut')
Swedish: lukta
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Esperanto: flari
ttbc|Indonesian: cium|mencium, bau|membaui

See also
anosmia
sense

References
R:Century 1911
R:Webster 1913

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