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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

reek

Old English rec (Anglian), riec (West Saxon), "smoke from burning material," probably from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse reykr, Danish rǿg, Swedish rök "smoke, steam," from Proto-Germanic *raukiz (cognates: 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" (compare reek (v.)).

reek

Old English recan (Anglian), reocan (West Saxon) "emit smoke," from Proto-Germanic *reukan (cognates: 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").\n

\nOriginally 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.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Reek

Reek \Reek\ (r[=e]k), n. A rick. [Obs.]
--B. Jonson.

Reek

Reek \Reek\, n. [AS. r[=e]c; akin to OFries. r[=e]k, LG. & D. rook, G. rauch, OHG. rouh, Dan. r["o]g, Sw. r["o]k, Icel. reykr, and to AS. re['o]can to reek, smoke, Icel. rj[=u]ka, G. riechen to smell.] Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.

As hateful to me as the reek of a limekiln.
--Shak.

Reek

Reek \Reek\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Reeked (r[=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Reeking.] [As. r[=e]can. See Reek vapor.] To emit vapor, usually that which is warm and moist; to be full of fumes; to steam; to smoke; to exhale.

Few chimneys reeking you shall espy.
--Spenser.

I found me laid In balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed.
--Milton.

The coffee rooms reeked with tobacco.
--Macaulay.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

reek

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
reek of perfume (=smell strongly of perfume)
▪ It seemed to Polly that Sasha always left the bathroom reeking of horrible perfume.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Get that dog out of here - he reeks.
▪ He came running into the house, reeking of sweat.
▪ The tiny office reeked of onions and cigarette smoke.
▪ Where have you been - you reek of alcohol?
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He reeked of liquor and sweat.
▪ He reeks of rock-star-ness, he was not a human being.
▪ I noticed she reeked powerfully of fat and roast cooking.
▪ Inside, in a room reeking of incense, are people eating.
▪ The entire place reeks of necromancy.
▪ The room reeked of talcum powder and dry urine.
▪ Without impugning the motives of any believer in this, I point out that it reeks of a vile and dangerous racism.
WordNet

reek

  1. n. a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant [syn: malodor, malodour, stench, stink, fetor, foetor, mephitis]

  2. v. have an element suggestive (of something); "his speeches smacked of racism" [syn: smack]

  3. smell badly and offensively; "The building reeks of smoke" [syn: stink]

  4. be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face [syn: fume]

  5. give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc.; "Marshes reeking in the sun"

Wiktionary

reek

Etymology 1 n. 1 A strong unpleasant smell. 2 vapor; steam; smoke; fume. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context archaic intransitive English) To be emitted or exhaled, emanate, as of vapour or perfume. 2 To have or give off a strong, unpleasant smell. 3 (context figuratively English) To be evidently associated with something unpleasant. Etymology 3

n. (context Ireland English) A hill; a mountain.

Wikipedia

Reek

Reek may refer to:

  • Reek, a term for an unpleasant odor
  • Reek (creature), a fictional creature in the Star Wars universe
  • Reek, Netherlands, a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant
  • Croagh Patrick, a mountain in the west of Ireland nicknamed "The Reek"
  • Reek da Villian, American rapper
  • Name given to Theon Greyjoy by Ramsay Bolton in A Song of Ice and Fire

Usage examples of "reek".

The last of the caulking was carried out the next day so that the entire island seemed to reek of pine tar and wet wool.

In the center of a room only 18 feet by 20, was an open can, the reeking cesspool of this dungeon in which sat a sick Negro convict confined in this dark sweat-box, perishing.

Coming, as I was noting, to see his new lands, he was obliged to pass through the clachan one day, when all the middens were gathered out, reeking and sappy, in the middle of the causey.

Surely mortal men must break under such punishment, yet they came on, clambering over the torn and twitching corpses of their comrades, their multi-coloured jib has plastered with reeking black mud, never wavering, each man trying to fight his way to the front rank of the attack, scornful of death, eager to seek it out in the smoking muzzles of the guns.

The dromos, or avenue of sphinxes, was carpeted with palm and nelumbo leaves, and copper censers as large as caldrons had been set at equidistance from one another, and an unceasing reek of aromatics drifted up from them throughout the day.

Between them and the vision, between the fecund San Joaquin, reeking with fruitfulness, and the millions of Asia crowding toward the verge of starvation, lay the iron-hearted monster of steel and steam, implacable, insatiable, huge--its entrails gorged with the life blood that it sucked from an entire commonwealth, its ever hungry maw glutted with the harvests that should have fed the famished bellies of the whole world of the Orient.

I sat in the darkness while the unknown thing at my feet ripped the flesh from his half-dead rival in strips, and across the damp night wind came the reek of that abominable feast--the reek of blood and spilt entrails--until I turned away my face in loathing, and was nearly starting to my feet to venture a rush into the forest shadows.

Together they cast a breedy scent like that arising from dank beds of galax, and it overpowered even the reek of the strange meat.

The air reeked of the sickly sweet aroma of gasohol, as New York always does.

A reek of putrid fish and fruit even in this chill damp night, though muted somewhat by the baking-sugar sweetness of Chinese gasohol from the vehicles whirring past on the expressway.

He released her nipple from his snake mouth, dropped onto the bed, and became a large, goatish creature reeking of lust.

He had a three--day growth of beard, his face glistened in the firelight with hexaped grease, and he reeked with dried sweat.

But now there was blood flowing down its neck, a green, thick, gluey ichon, whose foul reek came even across the water.

I will answer to the Prince, when he calls for an answer, and I can promise a certain gentleman his kail through the reek on that day.

You will gang your own ways, and some day others will play the tyrant over you and give you your ain kail through the reek.