- 1[intransitive] reek (of something) to smell very strongly of something unpleasant His breath reeked of tobacco.
- 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. Word Origin Old English rēocan ‘give out smoke or vapour’, rēc (noun) ‘smoke’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rieken
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//