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.
- reeker, noun
- reek·ing·ly, adverb
- reeky, adjective
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How to use reek in a sentence
Nolte's Breitbart report on Dunham's "Barry" reeks of obliviousness.
This entire ordeal reeks of bureaucratic overreach being bandied about in the name of “let-us-save-the-children” politics.The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS | Chloé Valdary | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
The blue reeks of smoke from the cottages gave the whole widespread landscape an air of settled order and homely comfort.The Poison Belt | Arthur Conan Doyle
It reeks of absinthe, this desert tavern, in which we warm ourselves at a little smoking fire.Egypt (La Mort De Philae) | Pierre Loti
The altar reeks of it, and we never know when our dearest and best will be summoned.Roger the Bold | F. S. Brereton
"A singular room," he observed to Reeks, on concluding his survey.Auriol | W. Harrison Ainsworth
Wot's that you say about subterranean apartments, Mr. Reeks?Auriol | W. Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for reek
(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
- reeking, adjective
- reekingly, adverb
- reeky, adjective
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