reek

[ reek ]
/ rik /

noun

a strong, unpleasant smell.
vapor or steam.

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to give off; emit; exude.
to expose to or treat with smoke.

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Origin of reek

before 900; (noun) Middle English rek(e), Old English rēc smoke; cognate with German rauch,Dutch rook,Old Norse reykr; (v.) Middle English reken to smoke, steam, Old English rēocan

OTHER WORDS FROM reek

reeker, nounreek·ing·ly, adverbreeky, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reek

reek
/ (riːk) /

verb

(intr) to give off or emit a strong unpleasant odour; smell or stink
(intr often foll by of) to be permeated (by); be redolent (of)the letter reeks of subservience
(tr) to treat with smoke; fumigate
(tr) mainly dialect to give off or emit (smoke, fumes, vapour, etc)

noun

a strong offensive smell; stink
mainly dialect smoke or steam; vapour

Derived forms of reek

reeking, adjectivereekingly, adverbreeky, adjective

Word Origin for reek

Old English rēocan; related to Old Frisian riāka to smoke, Old High German rouhhan, Old Norse rjūka to smoke, steam
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