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Webster 1913 Edition


Reek

Reek

(rēk)
,
Noun.
A rick.
[Obs.]
B. Jonson.

Reek

,
Noun.
[AS.
rēc
; akin to OFries.
rēk
, LG. & D.
rook
, G.
rauch
, OHG.
rouh
, Dan.
rög
, Sw.
rök
, Icel.
reykr
, and to AS.
reócan
to reek, smoke, Icel.
rjūka
, G.
riechen
to smell.]
Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.
As hateful to me as the
reek
of a limekiln.
Shakespeare

Reek

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Reeked
(rēkt)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Reeking
.]
[As.
rēcan
. See
Reek
vapor.]
To emit vapor, usually that which is warm and moist; to be full of fumes; to steam; to smoke; to exhale.
Few chimneys
reeking
you shall espy.
Spenser.
I found me laid
In balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun
Soon dried, and on the
reeking
moisture fed.
Milton.
The coffee rooms
reeked
with tobacco.
Macaulay.

Webster 1828 Edition


Reek

REEK

, n.
1.
Vapor; steam.
2.
A rick, which see.

REEK

,
Verb.
I.
[L. fragro. The primary sense is to send out or emit, to extend, to reach.]
To steam; to exhale; to emit vapor; applied especially to the vapor of certain moist substances, rather than to the smoke of burning bodies.
I found me laid in balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun soon dry'd, and on the reeking moisture fed.
Whose blood yet reeks on my avenging sword.

Definition 2022


reek

reek

English

Noun

reek (uncountable)

  1. A strong unpleasant smell.
  2. Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.
    • Shakespeare
      As hateful to me as the reek of a limekiln.
    • Helenore; or, the fortunate Shepherdess: a Poem in the Broad Scoth Dialect, Alexander Ross (poet), 1768:
      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

Etymology 2

From Middle English reken ‘to smoke’, from Old English rēocan, from Proto-Germanic *reukaną (compare Dutch ruiken, Low German rüken, German riechen, Danish ryge, Swedish ryka), from Proto-Indo-European *rougi. See above.

Verb

reek (third-person singular simple present reeks, present participle reeking, simple past and past participle reeked)

  1. (archaic, intransitive) To be emitted or exhaled, emanate, as of vapour or perfume.
  2. To have or give off a strong, unpleasant smell.
    You reek of perfume.
    Your fridge reeks of egg.
  3. (figuratively) To be evidently associated with something unpleasant.
    The boss appointing his nephew as a director reeks of nepotism.
Translations

Etymology 3

Probably a transferred use (after Irish cruach stack (of corn), pile, mountain, hill) of a variant of rick (with which it is cognate).

Noun

reek (plural reeks)

  1. (Ireland) A hill; a mountain.

References

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896,
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • Notes:
  1. Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology, s.vv. “*raukiz”, “*reukanan”(Leiden: Brill, 2003), 299:303.

Anagrams


Scots

Etymology

From Old English.

Noun

reek (uncountable)

  1. reek

Verb

reek (third-person singular present reeks, present participle reekin, past reekt, past participle reekt)

  1. reek

West Frisian

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old Frisian rēk, from Proto-Germanic *raukiz. Compare North Frisian reck, rieck, English reek, Dutch rook, Low German Röök, German Rauch, Danish røg.

Noun

reek c

  1. smoke