Adjectives for smell

This website is designed as a teaching resource for students and teachers alike. This page lists a comprehensive list of adjectives for smell, which are all part of English grammar.


Here are some adjective descriptive words for describing smell:

Smell, descriptive words: A to M:

  • acrid
  • antiseptic
  • bitter
  • burning
  • choking
  • clean
  • delicious
  • fragrant
  • fresh
  • medicinal
  • musty

Words N to Z:

  • pungent
  • putrid
  • rancid
  • rich
  • rotten
  • salty
  • smoky
  • sour
  • spicy
  • stale
  • stinky
  • strong
  • sweet

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