- A strong unpleasant smell.
- Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.
From Middle English rek, reke (“smoke"), from Old English rÄ“c, rÄ«ec, from Proto-Germanic *raukiz (compare West Frisian reek, riik, Dutch rook, Low German RÃ¶Ã¶k, German Rauch, Danish rÃ¸g, Norwegian rÃ¸yk), from Proto-Indo-European *rougi- (compare Lithuanian rÅ«Ìƒkti "˜to smoke', rÅ«Ìƒkas "˜smoke, fog', Albanian regj "˜to tan').
(third-person singular simple present reeks, present participle reeking, simple past and past participle reeked)
- (archaic, intransitive) To be emitted or exhaled, emanate, as of vapour or perfume.
- To have or give off a strong, unpleasant smell.
- You reek of perfume.
- Your fridge reeks of egg.
- (figuratively) To be evidently associated with something unpleasant.
- The boss appointing his nephew as a director reeks of nepotism.
From Middle English reken "˜to smoke', from Old English rÄ“ocan, from Proto-Germanic *reukanÄ… (compare Dutch ruiken, Low German rÃ¼ken, German riechen, Danish ryge, Swedish ryka), from Proto-Indo-European *rougi. See above.
- (Ireland) A hill; a mountain.
Probably a transferred use (after Irish cruach stack (of corn), pile, mountain, hill) of a variant of rick (with which it is cognate).