verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of reek
Synonyms for reek
Examples from the Web for reeks
Contemporary Examples of reeks
Nolte's Breitbart report on Dunham's "Barry" reeks of obliviousness.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
Indeed, the Sooner State has lately taken pride in pushing back against anything that reeks of progressive-ness.Solar Power Burns Old Utilities’ Business Models
April 24, 2014
This is the kind of weak language that reeks of State Department memo writing and should never be uttered in public.President Obama’s Belgian Waffle
March 27, 2014
It reeks of desperation and signals an inability to come to grips with modernity.The GOP’s Racial Handicap
October 28, 2013
It reeks of Stockholm syndrome—Romney seems to think his captors are his friends.Mitt Romney’s Stockholm Syndrome Behavior
May 30, 2012
Historical Examples of reeks
I sha'n't take anything at the refreshment bar, it reeks of the Institute.His Masterpiece
Dunwood House reeks of commerce and snobbery and all the things he hated most.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
But the evidence of Reeks convinced for the instant even sceptics.
An English merchantman, belonging to one Reeks of Ratcliff, lay in the harbour.
The Englishman vows the Italian reeks with the scent of garlic.On the Mexican Highlands
William Seymour Edwards
Word Origin for reek
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.)).