Smelly vs Effluviant - What's the difference?

smelly | effluviant |

As adjectives the difference between smelly and effluviant

is that smelly is having a bad smell while effluviant is of or pertaining to effluvium.




  • Having a bad smell.
  • She was hesitant to remove her shoes, as her socks were rather smelly .
  • (figuratively) having a quality that arouses suspicion.
  • The detective read the documents and thought, "Something sure is smelly about this case".
  • (figuratively, computing, slang, in extreme programming) Of inferior quality.
  • That smelly code needs to be refactored.


    * (having a bad smell ): fetid, foul-smelling, malodorous, rank, stinky (slang), whiffy (slang); see also * (having a quality that arouses suspicion ): dodgy (informal), doubtful, dubious, suspect, suspicious * (computing: of inferior quality ):


    * (having a bad smell ): aromatic, fragrant, sweet-smelling * (having a quality that arouses suspicion ): above board, clean * (computing: of inferior quality ):




    (en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to effluvium.
  • Offensively smelly.
  • * "A formal idea of the heaven and the earth may be obtained by imagining the heaven as at first an effluviant generation from a mono central point, occupying, or creating and occupying space; the earth, as the airiest or end of such generative action, with the gradual relaxation of central tension and abnegation of such centre, the consequence being the formation of a huge internal spherical vacuity, termed in the genetic record 'earth.'" ("Clear as Mud," ''Richmond Daily Dispatch [;cc=ddr;idno=ddr0886.0025.062;view=text;rgn=div3;node=ddr0886.0025.062%3A3.3.2],''Sept. 11, 1863