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reek

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noun \ˈrēk\

Definition of reek

  1. 1 chiefly dialect :  smoke

  2. 2 :  vapor, fog

  3. 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


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reek

verb

Simple Definition of reek

  • : to have a very strong and unpleasant smell

Full Definition of reek

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to emit smoke or vapor

  3. 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>

  4. 3 :  emanate

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to subject to the action of smoke or vapor

  7. 2 :  exude, give off <a politician who reeks charm>

reek·er noun
reeky play \ˈrē-kē\ adjective

Examples of reek

  1. <those old sneakers reek something awful>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of reek

before 12th century



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