- a strong, unpleasant smell.
- vapor or steam.
- to smell strongly and unpleasantly.
- to be strongly pervaded with something unpleasant or offensive.
- to give off steam, smoke, etc.
- to be wet with sweat, blood, etc.
- to give off; emit; exude.
- to expose to or treat with smoke.
Origin of reek
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Examples from the Web for reeked
Few bragged about online dating, often keeping the whole ordeal secret, as it reeked of dating desperation.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set
October 4, 2014
As if, after all the above, one would want anything that reeked of lifeless imitation.How Horst Captured Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, and Vivien Leigh—and Changed Fashion Photography
September 8, 2014
Maziar was thrown in jail and brutalized for months by an interrogator who reeked of rosewater cologne.How Jon Stewart Discovered Naked Iran
September 7, 2014
On the House side, Speaker John Boehner's selection of Jeb Hensarling to serve as co-chair also reeked of hyperpartisan hackery.Gang of 6’s Supercommittee Diss
August 10, 2011
He called his actions “regrettable,” a term that reeked of lawyerly caution.The Intrusive British Press
July 10, 2011
It was a squalid hovel, and reeked of the earth out of which it was dug.The Night Riders
It reeked with scurrility and disloyalty from beginning to end.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
It was a small, square envelope, of the finest quality, and it reeked with perfume.The Lock And Key Library
She reeked—of bacon, of coffee, of burned toast, but mostly of perfume.The Coffin Cure
Alan Edward Nourse
The horse was not winded, but it trembled and reeked with sweat and lather.Lorraine
Robert W. Chambers
- (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)
- a strong offensive smell; stink
- mainly dialect smoke or steam; vapour
Word Origin and History for reeked
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.
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.)).