reek

noun
\ ˈrēk How to pronounce reek (audio) \

Definition of reek

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

reek

verb
reeked; reeking; reeks

Definition of reek (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to emit smoke or vapor
2a : 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

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Other Words from reek

Verb

reeker noun
reeky \ ˈrē-​kē How to pronounce reek (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for reek

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of reek in a Sentence

Noun a terrible reek coming from the garbage can couldn't see through the reek of smog and smoke surrounding the steel plant Verb those old sneakers reek something awful
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Right people mean individuals that reek of your company’s core values. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, "BusinessWise: Step into 2021 with concrete, measurable goals," 29 Dec. 2020 Right people mean individuals that reek of your company’s core values. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, "BusinessWise: Step into 2021 with concrete, measurable goals," 29 Dec. 2020 Right people mean individuals that reek of your company’s core values. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, "BusinessWise: Step into 2021 with concrete, measurable goals," 29 Dec. 2020 Right people mean individuals that reek of your company’s core values. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, "BusinessWise: Step into 2021 with concrete, measurable goals," 29 Dec. 2020 Glaswegian accent brings further authenticity to the town’s argot: dreich, stour, boak — words that reek of wretchedness. Washington Post, "Ken Follett’s latest epic is among the best audiobooks this month," 17 Nov. 2020 The quality of play is suspect, the officiating and constant replays reek, and these knuckleheads are planning to go ahead with third- and fourth-rate bowl games. Star Tribune, "Which sports dealt best with the coronavirusvirus? Here are the grades," 7 Nov. 2020 By that time, Shannon said, the house is all but ruined by the humidity, which breeds mold, and the reek of marijuana, which seeps into the drywall. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Seven bodies, nothing stolen: Were killings at Riverside marijuana grow ‘a message’?," 28 Oct. 2020 The decision to run ads that politicize the TikTok issue certainly does reek of political opportunism. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, "TikTok’s Disingenuous Lawsuit," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most importantly, the bad losses can reek like days-old gym socks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mountain West makeup games mistake for Aztecs, conference," 23 Feb. 2021 Bruised, bloodied, and reeking of fuel, the three men were handcuffed in the back of a police truck and driven to a hospital in Toluca. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Bruised, bloodied, and reeking of fuel, the three men were handcuffed in the back of a police truck and driven to a hospital in Toluca. Seth Harp, Harper's magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 2 Mar. 2020 On the way down, the elevator reeked of seventy-five-per-cent-alcohol disinfectant. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Life on Lockdown in China," 23 Mar. 2020 This request reeks of corruption and raises many legal and ethical questions. Fox News, "New York Democrat sought $100G in state funding for nonexistent ‘think tank’," 24 Nov. 2019 Though, uh, hey: At least no one in Riverdale will have to deal with a character who reeks of soup. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Is Riverdale Really Bringing Us Jughead’s Identical Cousin Souphead?," 5 Mar. 2020 Two bolted-down single beds lined a wall; our small bathroom reeked of sewage and diesel. New York Times, "Relationships Move Fast on a Slow Cargo Ship," 3 Apr. 2020 Three years ago in northwest China, in a rancid hotel room that reeked of cigarettes and booze, plainclothes police pressed Ablatt Mahsut for answers. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "One American Uyghur’s vow: ‘I should’ve gone public a long time ago.’," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reek

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for reek

Noun

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

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The first known use of reek was before the 12th century

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“Reek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reek. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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reek

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reek

: to have a very strong and unpleasant smell
usually disapproving used to say that it is very obvious that someone or something has a lot of a specified thing usually + of

reek

noun
\ ˈrēk How to pronounce reek (audio) \

Kids Definition of reek

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong or unpleasant smell

reek

verb
reeked; reeking

Kids Definition of reek (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have a strong or unpleasant smell

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