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 have or emit an unpleasant odor; stink: This closet smells. (verb-intransitive)
To appear to be dishonest; suggest evil or corruption. (verb-intransitive)
The sense by which odors are perceived; the olfactory sense. (noun)
That quality of something that may be perceived by the olfactory sense. (noun)
The act or an instance of smelling. (noun)
A distinctive enveloping or characterizing quality; an aura or trace: the smell of success. (noun)
smell a rat Slang To suspect that something is wrong. (idiom)
Examples of word smell
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.
Your writing might be kinda sweet, delicately nuanced, quite lovely to many, but if it's based on hers all she's gonna smell is the stuff you've done to it that's just plain wrong, far as she's concerned.
I can smell a smoker for hundreds of yards and know exactly what the smell is as it hits my nose, I'm sure an old buck does the same.