Pronunciation Noun


  1. A strong unpleasant smell.
  2. (Scotland) Vapour; steam; smoke; fume.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor
      Thou mightst as well say, I loue to walke by the
      Counter-gate, which is as hatefull to me, as the reeke of
      a Lime-kill.
    • 1768, Alexander Ross (poet), "Helenore; or, the fortunate Shepherdess": a Poem in the Broad Scoth Dialect
      Now, by this time, the sun begins to leam,
      And lit the hill-heads with his morning beam;
      And birds, and beasts, and folk to be a-steer,
      And clouds o’ reek frae lum heads to appear.
Translations Translations Verb

reek (reeks, present participle reeking; past and past participle reeked)

  1. (intransitive) To have or give off a strong, unpleasant smell.
    You reek of perfume.
    Your fridge reeks of egg.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To be evidently associated with something unpleasant.
    The boss appointing his nephew as a director reeks of nepotism.
  3. (archaic, intransitive) To be emitted or exhaled, emanate, as of vapour or perfume.
  4. (archaic, intransitive) To emit smoke or vapour; to steam.
Translations Translations
  • French: puer
  • Portuguese: cheirar
  • Russian: попахивать
  • Spanish: apestar, dar#Spanish|dar asco

reek (plural reeks)

  1. (Ireland) A hill; a mountain.

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