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

     

    reek

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    verb
    BrE BrE//riːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reek
    BrE BrE//riːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːk//
     
    he / she / it reeks
    BrE BrE//riːks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːks//
     
    past simple reeked
    BrE BrE//riːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːkt//
     
    past participle reeked
    BrE BrE//riːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːkt//
     
    -ing form reeking
    BrE BrE//ˈriːkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːkɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] reek (of something) to smell very strongly of something unpleasant His breath reeked of tobacco.
  2. 2[intransitive] reek (of something) (disapproving) to suggest very strongly that something unpleasant or suspicious is involved in a situation Her denials reeked of hypocrisy.
  3. Word Origin Old 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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