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 reeks
Nolte's Breitbart report on Dunham's "Barry" reeks of obliviousness.
Indeed, the Sooner State has lately taken pride in pushing back against anything that reeks of progressive-ness.
This is the kind of weak language that reeks of State Department memo writing and should never be uttered in public.
It reeks of desperation and signals an inability to come to grips with modernity.
It reeks of Stockholm syndrome—Romney seems to think his captors are his friends.
"A singular room," he observed to Reeks, on concluding his survey.
It is thoroughly Irish; and reeks of the native soil and its people, wherein is its value to the traveller.Romantic Ireland; volume 2/2|M.F and B. McM. Mansfield
The distant Reeks showed their clear summits in sharp outline, pointing to the summer sky.An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800|Mary Frances Cusack
Wot's that you say about subterranean apartments, Mr. Reeks?
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.)).