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
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    • 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
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    • 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

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.

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'.

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