stinking. The term, in use in working-class speech in the north of England and Scotland, possibly evokes the notion of something so rotten as to be infested with maggots and literally pulsating, or else evokes the heaving (i.e. retching) of the person sensing the odour.
Slightly less overwhelming experiences are evoked by minging and howling.
► I couldn't stay in the flat more than five minutes - it was fuckin' heavin' in there.
British, Irish
very crowded with people
► It was heaving in there last night.

Contemporary slang . 2014.


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