Definition of "smell" []

  • To perceive the scent of (something) by means of the olfactory nerves. (verb-transitive)
  • To sense the presence of by or as if by the olfactory nerves; detect or discover: We smelled trouble ahead. The committee tried to smell out corruption in law enforcement. (verb-transitive)
  • To use the sense of smell; perceive the scent of something. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have or emit an odor: "The breeze smelled exactly like Vouvray—flowery, with a hint of mothballs underneath” ( Anne Tyler). (verb-intransitive)
  • To be suggestive; have a touch of something: a cave that smells of terror. (verb-intransitive)
  • To perceive the scent or odour of (a substance) by means of the olfactory nerves (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To have a specified smell; appear to the sense of smell to be (verb)
  • To emit an odour (of) (verb)
  • To emit an unpleasant odour; stink (verb)
  • To detect through shrewdness or instinct (verb)
  • To have or use the sense of smell; sniff (verb)
  • To give indications (of) (verb)
  • To search, investigate, or pry (verb)
  • To be or seem to be untrustworthy or corrupt (verb)
  • That sense (olfaction) by which scents or odours are perceived (noun)
  • Anything detected by the sense of smell; odour; scent (noun)
  • A trace or indication (noun)
  • The act or an instance of smelling (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "smell" in a sentence
  • "Tom- Just went back and read your review of Oud 27 and have put it in my list of 'to smell'..though right now Arabian Oud's King Fahed is what I am dying to smell!"
  • "* We swap pjs, his are still warm and smell like cigarette smoke mixed with fresh masculine smell*"
  • "Among senses, smell was the strongest: —smell of hot pine-woods and sweet-fern in the scorching summer noon; of new-mown hay; of ploughed earth; of box hedges; of peaches, lilacs, syringes; of stables, barns, cow-yards; of salt water and low tide on the marshes; nothing came amiss."