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reek

noun \ ˈrēk \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of reek

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

Examples of reek in a Sentence

  1. a terrible reek coming from the garbage can

  2. couldn't see through the reek of smog and smoke surrounding the steel plant

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Origin and Etymology of reek

Middle English rek, from Old English rēc; akin to Old High German rouh smoke


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reek

verb

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

reeker

noun

reeky

play \ˈrē-kē\ adjective

Examples of reek in a Sentence

  1. those old sneakers reek something awful

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First Known Use of reek

before 12th century

reek Synonyms

Synonyms
stink
Related Words
exhale, savor (also savour), smell; decay, decompose, rot, spoil; disgust, offend, repulse, revolt

REEK Defined for English Language Learners

reek

verb

Definition of reek for English Language Learners

  • : to have a very strong and unpleasant smell


REEK Defined for Kids

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reek

noun \ ˈrēk \

Definition of reek for Students

: a strong or unpleasant smell

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reek

verb

Definition of reek for Students

reeked; reeking
: to have a strong or unpleasant smell


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