Definition of reel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    reel

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//riːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reel
    BrE BrE//riːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːl//
     
    he / she / it reels
    BrE BrE//riːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːlz//
     
    past simple reeled
    BrE BrE//riːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːld//
     
    past participle reeled
    BrE BrE//riːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːld//
     
    -ing form reeling
    BrE BrE//ˈriːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 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 backwards. She was reeling after several glasses of wine. He reeled under the blow.
  2. 2[intransitive] reel (at/from/with something) to feel very shocked or upset about something I was still reeling from the shock.
  3. 3[intransitive] to seem to be spinning around and around When he opened his eyes, the room was reeling.
  4. Word Origin Old English hrēol, denoting a rotating device on which spun thread is wound; of unknown origin.Extra examples He reeled back against the wall. He reeled under the painful blows. Her mind reeled at the possibilities. I was reeling with shock. My brain was still reeling under the impact of this news. She reeled away from us. The blow sent him reeling backwards. The country was still reeling from the earthquake. The mixture of sights and smells made her senses reel. He was reeling now, clutching the table to stop himself from falling. I hit him hard, sending him reeling backwards. The pair went reeling along the street. Phrasal Verbsreel in somethingreel somethingoff
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