smell NOUN 1) the faculty of perceiving odours by means of the organs in the nose. 2) a quality that is perceived by this faculty; an odour. 3) an act of inhaling in order to perceive an odour.
VERB (past and past part. smelt or smelled) 1) perceive the odour of. 2) sniff at (something) in order to ascertain its odour. 3) emit an odour of a specified kind. 4) have a strong or unpleasant odour. 5) detect or suspect by means of instinct or intuition. 6) be suggestive of something: it smells like a hoax to me.
smell a rat — Cf. ↑smell a rat
DERIVATIVES smeller noun.
ORIGIN of unknown origin.

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