Smelled or Smelt | Meaning, Difference & Examples
Smelt and smelled are two different spellings of the past tense of the verb ‘smell’, used to mean ‘detect the scent of something’ or ’emit an odor’.
The spelling tends to vary based on whether you’re using UK or US English:
- In UK English, both ‘smelled’ and ‘smelt’ are commonly used.
- In US English, ‘smelled’ is standard, and ‘smelt’ is generally not accepted.
Other uses of smelt
Smelt is also used as a noun to refer to a type of small fish and a verb to refer to the act of extracting metal from its ore by melting it.
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