AskDefine | Define reek

Dictionary Definition

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


1 have an element suggestive (of something); "his speeches smacked of racism" [syn: smack]
2 smell badly and offensively; "The building reeks of smoke" [syn: stink]
3 be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face [syn: fume]
4 give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc.; "Marshes reeking in the sun"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /riːk/, /ri:k/
    Rhymes with: -iːk


Etymology 1



  1. A strong unpleasant smell.
  2. Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.
unpleasant smell
  • Czech: zápach
  • Finnish: löyhkä, lemu
  • Swedish: stank, odör
  • Swedish: ångor

Etymology 2



  1. To have or give off a strong, unpleasant smell.
    Your fridge reeks of egg.
  2. To be evidently associated with something unpleasant.
to have or give off a strong, unpleasant smell
  • Czech: páchnout
  • Finnish: löyhkätä, lemuta
  • French: fouetter, schlinguer
  • Swedish: stinka
to be evidently associated with something unpleasant
  • Swedish: stinka


Northeast Dialect 2005}}




Extensive Definition

Reek can refer to either:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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