1. noun

the smell of the kitchen

odor, aroma, fragrance, scent, perfume, redolence; bouquet, nose; stench, fetor, stink, reek, whiff; informal funk; literary miasma
2. verb

he smelled her perfume

get a sniff of, scent, detect

the dogs smelled each other

sniff, nose

the cellar smells

stink, reek, have a bad smell, whiff

it smells like a hoax to me

smack of, have the hallmark(s) of, seem like, have the air of, suggest
smell, aroma, bouquet, fragrance, odor, perfume, scent, stench, stink
Everyone appreciates the fragrance of fresh-cut flowers, but the stench from the paper mill across town is usually unwelcome. Both have a distinctive smell, which is the most general of these words for what is perceived through the nose, but there is a big difference between a pleasant smell and a foul one. An odor may be either pleasant or unpleasant, but it suggests a smell that is clearly recognizable and can usually be traced to a single source (the pungent odor of onions). An aroma is a pleasing and distinctive odor that is usually penetrating or pervasive (the aroma of fresh-ground coffee), while bouquet refers to a delicate aroma, such as that of a fine wine (after swirling the wine around in her glass, she sniffed the bouquet). A scent is usually delicate and pleasing, with an emphasis on the source rather than on an olfactory impression (the scent of balsam associated with Christmas). Fragrance and perfume are both associated with flowers, but fragrance is more delicate; a perfume may be so rich and strong that it is repulsive or overpowering (the air was so dense with the perfume of lilacs that I had to go indoors). Stench and stink are reserved for smells that are foul, strong, and pervasive, although stink implies a sharper sensation, while stench refers to a more sickening one (the stink of sweaty gym clothes; the stench of a rotting animal).

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