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 There is plenty of room for luggage behind the seats, and the premium cabin appointments reek of luxury — everyone commented on the leather and attractive use of aluminum trim. Michael Harley, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The National Review mug technically tied for points with the Daily Wire tumbler, but ties reek of capitulation and soccer. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 22 Aug. 2021 The killings have been on such a scale that the disposal of the corpses has created a serious sanitation problem in East Java and Northern Sumatra, where the humid air bears the reek of decaying flesh. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Also, like Gilroy (or its garlic), the uniforms reek. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 July 2021 Movies such as 2012 and The Martian reek with flattery for the ingenuity and humanitarianism of red China. The Editors, National Review, 26 May 2021 Right people mean individuals that reek of your company’s core values. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, 29 Dec. 2020 Right people mean individuals that reek of your company’s core values. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, 29 Dec. 2020 Right people mean individuals that reek of your company’s core values. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Universities allegedly reek with positive spillover effects. Richard Vedder, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Most importantly, the bad losses can reek like days-old gym socks. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 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, 2 Mar. 2020 On the way down, the elevator reeked of seventy-five-per-cent-alcohol disinfectant. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2020 This request reeks of corruption and raises many legal and ethical questions. Fox News, 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, 5 Mar. 2020 Two bolted-down single beds lined a wall; our small bathroom reeked of sewage and diesel. New York Times, 3 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 26 Oct. 2021.

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reek

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reek

: to have a very strong and unpleasant smell
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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