Definition of reek noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//riːk//
; NAmE NAmE//riːk//
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[singular] a strong unpleasant smell synonym stench the reek of cigarettes and beer The reek of gunpowder and smoke grew stronger. There was a permanent reek of decaying food in the cupboards. Word OriginOld English rēocan ‘give out smoke or vapour’, rēc (noun) ‘smoke’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rieken ‘to smell’, rook ‘smoke’, German riechen ‘to smell’, Rauch ‘smoke’.
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