- 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move in a very unsteady way, for example because you are drunk or have been hit synonym stagger I punched him on the chin, sending him reeling backward. She was reeling after several glasses of wine. He reeled under the blow.
- 2[intransitive] reel (at/from/with something) to feel very shocked or upset about something I was still reeling from the shock.
- 3[intransitive] to seem to be spinning around and around When he opened his eyes, the room was reeling. Phrasal Verbsreel somethingin/outreel somethingoff
NAmE//ril//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reel
he / she / it reels
past simple reeled
-ing form reeling