Definition of reek in English:

reek

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Pronunciation: /riːk
 
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verb

[no object]
1Smell strongly and unpleasantly; stink: the yard reeked of wet straw and horse manure
More example sentences
  • The nurse's office smelled - or rather, reeked - strongly of iodine and disinfectant.
  • I remember the whole area reeked with the smell of burnt flesh for weeks and weeks after.
  • What about the seats - some of them reek with manky stinks going back decades.
Synonyms
stink, smell, smell bad/disgusting, give off a bad smell, stink/smell to high heaven
1.1Be suggestive of something unpleasant or undesirable: the speeches reeked of anti-Semitism
More example sentences
  • Coming as it does in a period when many cash-strapped independent schools face the prospect of mergers or closure, he suggests that the initiative reeks more of marketing than a genuine desire to stimulate debate.
  • The spin on the Telegraph story is so blatant that it reeks of desperation.
  • To be honest, the Informix purchase reeks of desperation to me.
1.2 archaic Give off smoke, steam, or fumes: while temples crash, and towers in ashes reek

noun

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1 [in singular] A foul smell: the reek of cattle dung
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  • Her shoes are off, and she hopes her feet don't smell - at least not enough so that he can smell them through the reek of drunkenness and cigarettes.
  • I stumbled into someone's chest and immediately smelled the reek of alcohol.
  • It's dark in there, and I can smell the reek of alcohol from where I waver on the sidewalk.
Synonyms
stink, bad smell, foul smell, stench, taint, effluvium
British informal niff, pong, whiff, hum
Scottish informal guff
North American informal , dated funk
rare miasma, mephitis, malodour, fetor
2 [mass noun] chiefly Scottish Smoke: he recovered himself and turned to peer through the reek

Origin

Old English rēocan 'give out smoke or vapour', rēc (noun) 'smoke', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rieken 'to smell', rook 'smoke', German riechen 'to smell', Rauch 'smoke'.

Derivatives

reeky

adjective
More example sentences
  • She hangs around a lot in graveyards and reeky allies where the garbage usually is because that's where demons love to hang around.

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