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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.

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
Related formsreek·er, nounreek·ing·ly, adverbreek·y, adjective

Synonyms for reek

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Related Words for reeking

stink, fume, steam, smoke, smell, emit, stench

Examples from the Web for reeking

Contemporary Examples of reeking

Historical Examples of reeking

  • He nodded again, with a comprehensive survey of the reeking floor.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • We found ourselves in rather a big room, reeking with the smell of tobacco.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The beauty of that form, though headless, mutilated and reeking with the hot blood of their foul crime—how shall I describe it?

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete

    Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe

  • How can you expect me to love you, now that you are reeking with the blood of Camille?

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Think of air not reeking with gasolene and a street safe to cross at any time!


British Dictionary definitions for reeking

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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 Formsreeking, 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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Word Origin and History for reeking

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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.

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n.

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.)).

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