Translation of smell in Spanish:

smell

olor, n.

Pronunciation /smɛl//smɛl/

noun

  • 1

    (odor)
    olor masculine
    a nice smell un olor agradable / un buen olor
    • an unpleasant smell un olor desagradable
    • these roses have no smell estas rosas no tienen perfume
    • there's a strong smell of garlic/burning in here hay mucho olor a ajo/a quemado
    • this cheese has a funny smell este queso huele raro / tiene un olor raro
    • there's a smell of defeat in the air el derrotismo se respira en el aire
    • It's full of the most wonderful sights and smells - stalls with cheap but high quality vegetables, meats and breads.
    • Tara's nose tuned into smell of breakfast and decided to go downstairs to get a bite to eat.
    • Sitting in the verandah, the separate smells of tomatoes, lemons and gourd reach me, and I know I will smell them again in my memory.
    • He said the new silo would not affect the smells and odours from the premises, since it would be enclosed and would not alter the processes taking place at the plant.
    • Putrid smells of raw sewage and burning garbage become acceptable after being exposed to these foul scents for a long enough time.
    • As we were driving down these terrible, lumpy, unlit streets we were constantly catching whiffs of different smells.
    • Christmas morning came with the smells of pine from candles and coffee in the kitchen.
    • The workshop was full of the smells of freshly brewed coffee, hot metal and scorched cloth.
    • As I opened the door to the kitchen, the wonderful smells of Christmas baking met my nose, and I wanted just to sit down and enjoy it for hours on end.
    • He followed me up the stairs into the lit up kitchen where the smells from dinner were still lingering.
    • And then, before I could get to working out another approach to the opening, rich fruity baking smells came wafting along from the kitchen and my working day was done.
    • You can fry these a little in advance if you really do not want oily smells lingering.
    • American breakfasts are a combination of all of the above: simple food, wholesome ingredients, frying, baking, sweet and savoury divine smells and lots of it.
    • The smells of coffee and frying bacon teased his appetite as he looked around studying the scene.
    • Some people have hypersensitive skin and are allergic to various pollen, fragrant smells and sunlight.
    • The air filled with the fragrant smells of the meadow.
    • The restaurant itself came with the scents and smells of peppers and other spices.
    • I followed Shelia into the large kitchen; the smells made me hungry!
    • Today's the day for refuse collection where I live, and the miasma of smells and stench from the bins was like wading through a marsh this morning.
    • I felt the cold ocean breeze blow across my face, filling my nose with the salty smell of the ocean.
  • 2informal

    (sniff)
    to have / take a smell at / of sth tomarle el olor a algo Latin America
    • get a smell of that cheese! ¡cómo apesta ese queso!
    • I love citrus -- but the first time I sprayed this on a card and took a smell I almost passed out. It is STRONG in the first few minutes.
    • He had a smell of the rose, it had a lovely perfume.
  • 3

    (sense of smell)
    olfato masculine
    a keen/good sense of smell un fino/buen (sentido del) olfato
    • Because dogs have a very high sense of smell, they were able to detect minute quantities of the organic compounds produced by tumors.
    • Cigarette smoking by itself does not cause complete loss of the sense of smell.
    • Smoking can also affect your breathing, taste and sense of smell.
    • But if you're eating leaves, smell becomes less important than vision.
    • Advancing age is also associated with a decrease in the basal metabolic rate, as well as changes in the senses of taste and smell.
    • These animals track their prey using their excellent sense of smell, eyesight, and hearing.
    • Hummingbirds don't have much sense of smell, so the scent of the herbs won't deter them from seeking nectar from their blossoms.
    • Humans may have two nostrils, but these don't necessarily share the same sense of smell.
    • She loved her sharp sense of hearing, her sharp sense of smell, her sharp vision, and her sharp claws.
    • Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease can make people lose their sense of smell.
    • The patient should be asked about the use of tobacco or cocaine, because these substances can adversely affect the sense of smell.
    • Wild cats have a well developed sense of smell and hearing.
    • Deer are extremely cautious animals with keen senses of smell and hearing.
    • It's hard to breathe, your nose drips constantly and your sense of smell just isn't what it used to be.
    • Yes, lobsters' small antennae work like the human nose, only the crustaceans' sense of smell is keener.
    • All anteaters have an excellent sense of smell; sight and hearing are not as well developed.
    • On the day of the test none of the subjects reported to be suffering from nasal congestion or any other symptom thought to affect their sense of smell.
    • According to a recent report in Nature, differing airflow in the right and left nostrils results in different perceptions of smell.
    • In order to perceive the smell of a grapefruit, our sense of smell only requires just two molecules, the chemical eye needs hundreds if not thousands to stick to its gold chips.
    • Some women find that they have an enhanced sense of smell and are more sensitive to odors during pregnancy.

transitive verb

  • 1

    (sense)
    oler
    I can smell freshly baked bread hay olor a pan recién hecho
    • we could smell burning olía a quemado
    • I think a few more of those pastries have my name on them,’ she said looking down the hall to see if she could smell them out.
  • 2

    (sniff at)
    (person) oler
    (animal) olfatear
    the dog smelled my shoes el perro me olfateó los zapatos
    • We separated the cats into two separate rooms and let them smell each other under the door.
    • To introduce the cats, keep them separated for a few days, allowing them to smell each others bedding.
    • I'm open to being convinced it's not some politicians having hysterics, but so far, that's how it smells to me.
    • From a distance, it smells as if the national-security hoop-de-do about the Valerie Plame leak is exaggerated.
    • We need people who have the skills to smell out somebody who comes along to try to fit us up - and I am talking about us, about Maori, as well.
    • The National Party council could smell the trouble back then in December.
    • Even without any evidence he can smell out the truth.
    • And the new initiatives are bomb sniffing dogs we are looking at, so can smell explosives hidden in containers.
    • The more I've thought about this one, the more it smells to me.
    • If a dog indicates to its handler that it can smell an illicit substance, the officer can order an on-the-spot body search.
    • Voters smell out opportunism from a long way off and don't like it.
    • Lemond was unconvinced and believed, like many others, Hinault could smell a record sixth victory.
    • A police dog who happens to smell an illegal substance on casual passing in a train station is probably cause for detaining you.
  • 3

    (recognize)
    to smell danger olfatear el peligro
    • she can smell trouble a mile off se huele los problemas desde lejos

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (give off odor)
    oler
    that smells good! ¡qué bien huele!
    • it smells strong/delicious huele fuerte/delicioso
    • it smells off tiene olor a podrido
    • it smells in here ¡qué mal olor hay aquí!
    • your breath smells tienes mal aliento
    • his feet smell le huelen los pies
    • he smells! huele mal
    • frankly, this whole business smells este asunto huele mal
    • her perfume smells like roses su perfume huele a rosas / tiene olor a rosas
    • to smell of sth oler a algo
    • the room smelled of damp la habitación olía a humedad
    • they smell of money están forrados (de dinero)
    • The room smelled like jasmine, and the scent didn't go away even when he'd opened the window earlier in the day.
    • I inhaled his scent, my face in his chest; he smelled like grass after it just finished raining.
    • It smells in here, the toilet won't flush.
    • You poured in everything that was left of the geranium essence, until the room was warm and scented and smelled like an exotic hothouse.
    • Someone comes into the building and it smells, things fall off in their hands, the floor doesn't look too secure.
    • Tonight she'd simply put a frozen pizza in the oven and taken it out when it smelled done.
    • It smelled like lavender, a smooth, calming scent, and I dumped it generously into the water.
    • The passage Ruse had found was dark and damp and the air smelled like wet grass after it had rained hard for several days.
    • He smelled like strawberries, an innocent summery scent that flooded over and through me, evoking memories and images of a time not so long gone.
    • The highly effective, biodegradable stuff smells so fresh that it just might refine your sense of clean for good.
    • It is hard to describe what it is like under these bridges, where there is not enough height for a person to stand up straight, it smells, and the wind blows and even howls through the darkness.
    • In some cases, the vomited milk may smell curdled because it has mixed with stomach acid.
    • Her hair smelled like the roses, and her scent was of lavender.
    • The carcass which had already began to smell revealed a red mess with two holes where eyes should have been.
    • Sometimes the air would smell polluted, but I guess that was because the neighborhood we were driving through lived near the dump.
    • I knew because it smelled sterilized and everything was white and boring.
    • The hairdresser tied a cape around his shoulders, washed his hair with shampoo that smelled like peaches.
    • Its shape was that of a gull drawn by a child with a soft hand and sense of things aesthetic and it smelled lightly of sandalwood as he drew near us.
    • I had never set foot in a courtroom before; it was cold and smelled like damp, musty wood.
    • It smells here....after three weeks of fresh air, I really notice it.
    • But something else came with the earthy scent - something that smelled like smoke.
    • The vagrant, who was filthy and smelled like sewage, walked alongside the man and kept tugging at his elbow while demanding money.
    • He tasted it, because it sure smelled like bread, and then ate it.
    • The inside of the restaurant smelled like an odd mixture of pine trees and food.
    • It went on like this for several more rounds before what was in the pot finally tasted and smelled like something you'd want to serve on pasta.
  • 2

    (sniff)
    (person) oler
    (animal) olfatear
  • 3

    (sense)
    oler
    I can't smell: I've got a cold no huelo nada, estoy resfriado