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noun \ˈrēk\

Definition of REEK

1
chiefly dialect :  smoke
2
:  vapor, fog
3
:  a strong or disagreeable fume or odor

Examples of REEK

  1. <a terrible reek coming from the garbage can>
  2. <couldn't see through the reek of smog and smoke surrounding the steel plant>

Origin of REEK

Middle English rek, from Old English rēc; akin to Old High German rouh smoke
First Known Use: before 12th century

2reek

verb

: to have a very strong and unpleasant smell

Full Definition of REEK

intransitive verb
1
:  to emit smoke or vapor
2
a :  to give off or become permeated with a strong or offensive odor <a room reeking of incense>
b :  to give a strong impression of some constituent quality or feature <a neighborhood that reeks of poverty>
3
:  emanate
transitive verb
1
:  to subject to the action of smoke or vapor
2
:  exude, give off <a politician who reeks charm>
reek·er noun
reeky \ˈrē-kē\ adjective

Examples of REEK

  1. <those old sneakers reek something awful>

First Known Use of REEK

before 12th century

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