verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- reef whitetip shark,
- reefing jacket,
- reel man,
- reel of three,
- reel off
Origin of reek
Examples from the Web for reek
And hipsters and hippies now reek of old-school, kneejerk attitudes.
The particulars of this case, in fact, reek with the stench of crony capitalism.
Never doth morning come, but it seeth them at their toil, where they labor without ceasing in the midst of reek and smoke.Stories of the Old world|Alfred John Church
There are stories of his that reek with foul odors and jangle repulsively upon the eye and the ear.A History of American Literature Since 1870|Fred Lewis Pattee
He was all smiles now, and he bore with him some hot punch on a salver, the reek of which I can remember still.The Adventures of Gerard|Arthur Conan Doyle
The reek of past passions, the wreckage of dead things, seemed to be sweeping out of his mind.Children of the Mist|Eden Phillpotts
The poorest classes live in cellars that reek with disease germs of the worst kind, and sanitary conditions are indescribable.Society|Henry Kalloch Rowe
Word Origin for reek
Old English rec (Anglian), riec (West Saxon), "smoke from burning material," probably from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse reykr, Danish rǿg, Swedish rök "smoke, steam," from Proto-Germanic *raukiz (cf. Old Frisian rek, Middle Dutch rooc, Old High German rouh, German Rauch "smoke, steam"), from PIE *reug- "to vomit, belch;" also "smoke, cloud." Sense of "stench" is attested 1650s, via the notion of "that which rises" (cf. reek (v.)).
Old English recan (Anglian), reocan (West Saxon) "emit smoke," from Proto-Germanic *reukanan (cf. Old Frisian reka "smoke," Middle Dutch roken, Dutch rieken "to smoke," Old High German riohhan "to smoke, steam," German rauchen "to smoke," riechen "to smell").
Originally a strong verb, with past tense reac, past participle gereocen, but occasionally showing weak conjugation in Old English. Meaning "to emit smoke;" meaning "to emit a bad smell" is recorded from 1710 via sense "be heated and perspiring" (early 15c.). Related: Reeked; reeking.