stinker

stinker
   Used in modern times as a fairly mild insult, though it seems to have been much more forceful at the turn of the century. Webster’s Dictionary defined it in 1911 as ‘one who is disgustingly contemptible, a stinkard’. ‘Stinkard’ is now obsolete, but ‘stink-pot’ might occasionally be used as a variant of ‘stinker’, usually in a light-hearted way. In Jake’s Thing, by Kingsley Amis, occurs: ‘Jake! You stinker.
   This is good old Marge. Remember me?’ The speaker is an American woman, telephoning to renew an acquaintanceship. Brothers in Law, by Henry Cecil, has ‘you filthy stinker’ and ‘you old stinker’ used as insults.

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