- 1Smell strongly and unpleasantly; stink: the yard reeked of wet straw and stale horse manure (as adjective reeking) the reeking lavatoriesMore 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.
- 1.1Be suggestive of something unpleasant or undesirable: the speeches reeked of anti-SemitismMore 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.
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- 1 [in singular] A foul smell: the reek of cattle dungMore example sentences
- 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.
Old English rēocan 'give out smoke or vapor', rēc (noun) 'smoke', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rieken 'to smell', rook 'smoke', German riechen 'to smell', Rauch 'smoke'.