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[reek] /rik/
noun
1.
a strong, unpleasant smell.
2.
vapor or steam.
verb (used without object)
3.
to smell strongly and unpleasantly.
4.
to be strongly pervaded with something unpleasant or offensive.
5.
to give off steam, smoke, etc.
6.
to be wet with sweat, blood, etc.
verb (used with object)
7.
to give off; emit; exude.
8.
to expose to or treat with smoke.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English rek(e), Old English rēc smoke; cognate with German rauch, Dutch rook, Old Norse reykr; (v.) Middle English reken to smoke, steam, Old English rēocan
Related forms
reeker, noun
reekingly, adverb
reeky, adjective
Synonyms
5. steam, smoke, fume.
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British Dictionary definitions for re eked

reek

/riːk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to give off or emit a strong unpleasant odour; smell or stink
2.
(intransitive) often foll by of. to be permeated (by); be redolent (of) the letter reeks of subservience
3.
(transitive) to treat with smoke; fumigate
4.
(transitive) (mainly dialect) to give off or emit (smoke, fumes, vapour, etc)
noun
5.
a strong offensive smell; stink
6.
(mainly dialect) smoke or steam; vapour
Derived Forms
reeking, adjective
reekingly, adverb
reeky, adjective
Word Origin
Old English rēocan; related to Old Frisian riāka to smoke, Old High German rouhhan, Old Norse rjūka to smoke, steam
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Word Origin and History for re eked
reek
O.E. rec (Anglian), riec (W.Saxon), "smoke from burning material," probably from O.N. reykr (cf. Reykjavik, lit. "smoky bay"), from P.Gmc. *raukiz (cf. O.Fris. rek, M.Du. rooc, O.H.G. rouh, Ger. Rauch "smoke, steam"), apparently not found outside Gmc. Sense of "stench" is attested 1659, via the notion of "that which rises." The verb is from O.E. recan (Anglian), reocan (W.Saxon), from P.Gmc. *reukanan (cf. Ger. rauchen "to smoke," riechen "to smell"). Originally "to emit smoke;" meaning "to emit a bad smell" is recorded from 1710.
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