a strong, unpleasant smell.
vapor or steam.
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
to give off; emit; exude.
to expose to or treat with smoke.

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

reeker, noun
reekingly, adverb
reeky, adjective

5. steam, smoke, fume. Unabridged
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reek (riːk)
vb (often foll by of)
1.  (intr) to give off or emit a strong unpleasant odour; smell or stink
2.  to be permeated (by); be redolent (of): the letter reeks of subservience
3.  (tr) to treat with smoke; fumigate
4.  dialect chiefly (tr) to give off or emit (smoke, fumes, vapour, etc)
5.  a strong offensive smell; stink
6.  dialect chiefly smoke or steam; vapour
[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 & History

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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Example sentences
Fumaroles ringed with yellow crystals belch out reeking vapors.
It got to the point where the students were reeking so heavily of it that it
  was becoming a distraction at school.
As new allegations of lawbreaking surface, journalism itself is reeking.
At the back of his reeking street stall, a cage full of half-alive birds watch.
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