American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To smoke, steam, or fume.
- v. To be pervaded by something unpleasant: "This document ... reeks of self-pity and self-deception” ( Christopher Hitchens).
- v. To give off or become permeated with a strong unpleasant odor: "Grandma, who reeks of face powder and lilac water” ( Garrison Keillor).
- v. To emit or exude (smoke, for example).
- v. To process or treat by exposing to the action of smoke.
- n. A strong offensive odor; a stench. See Synonyms at stench.
- n. Vapor; steam.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To smoke; steam; exhale.
- To smoke; expose to smoke.
- n. Smoke; vapor; steam; exhalation; fume.
- n. Incense.
- n. A rick; also, a small bundle of hay.
- To emit an unpleasant or unhealthy smell; stink.
- To cause to reek or smell offensively.
- n. A strong unpleasant smell.
- n. Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.
- v. archaic (intransitive) To be emitted or exhaled, emanate, as of vapour or perfume.
- v. To have or give off a strong, unpleasant smell.
- v. figuratively To be evidently associated with something unpleasant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A rick.
- n. Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.
- v. To emit vapor, usually that which is warm and moist; to be full of fumes; to steam; to smoke; to exhale.
- v. give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc.
- v. have an element suggestive (of something)
- v. be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face
- n. a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
- v. smell badly and offensively
- Middle English reken ‘to smoke’, from Old English rēocan, from Proto-Germanic *reukanan (compare Dutch ruiken, German riechen, Danish ryge, Swedish ryka), from Proto-Indo-European *rougi. See above. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English reken, to emit smoke, from Old English rēocan, and rēcan, to expose to smoke. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Caitlin O’Toole at News. com.au outlines ten things bosses hate about employees, from big-picture errors like failing to meet deadlines to personal problems such as smelling bad (telling a staff member they reek is never a fun meeting).”
“Having artfully solved a thorny problem a week ago, the government has now embraced a deal whose terms reek of the bailout it was at such pains to avoid.”
“Methinks these terms reek of desuetude which really is a legal term, correct?”
“For a hungry cub, fresh from hibernating in its winter den, the reek was a thousand times more interesting than blackberry briars or a pair of woodland strangers.”
“Every wreath of the reek is a blast of shame upon us!”
“Yet, it is its foul odor, often described as the reek of rotten eggs or hydrogen sulfide, that puts the "skunk" into the creature's name.”
“As Raymond Sokolov, then the Times restaurant critic, put it in 1973, the reek was the whole point.”
“Hielan 'pony tossing its mane; and when I looked from the door again -- which I was glad enough to do, for the reek was a little nippy to my eyes -- as I looked from the door I saw Belle returning, and with her no other than Robin McKelvie of the Quay Inn. There was no sign of the _Seagull_, for a fog had come down on the firth, and even the melancholy pleasure of seeing Dan's ship again was taken from me.”
“Meantime the seers were sacrificing sheep and noting the tongues and forks of fire, the damp reek which is a bad omen, and the tapering flame, which gives decisions on two points, being both a sign of victory and defeat.”
“A peculiar characteristic of the Harris tweed is the peat smoke smell caused by the fabric being woven in the crofters 'cottages, where there is always a strong odor of peat "reek" from the peat which is burned for fuel.”
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