Adjective "Reeking" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Smell strongly and unpleasantly; stink.
  1. 'Police officers said the air inside reeked with the smell of drugs.'
  2. 'The men wore shiny suits and chunky pinky rings and reeked of pomade and cologne.'
  3. 'I dragged my suitcase through the spotless, empty street, which reeked of bleach.'
  4. 'The Sasskal's hot breath reeked strongly of raw flesh and stale blood.'
  5. 'I think a lot of this is fuelled by drink or drugs and the man that assaulted me certainly reeked of alcohol.'
  6. 'Over the iron railings, the murky depths of the Cowgate slithered off towards the Grassmarket, encased on either side by dirty stone tenements that reeked of last night's beer.'
  7. 'What about the seats - some of them reek with manky stinks going back decades.'
  8. 'I remember the whole area reeked with the smell of burnt flesh for weeks and weeks after.'
  9. 'But now she reeked strongly of alcohol, and I didn't like the idea of that.'
  10. 'the speeches reeked of anti-Semitism'
  11. 'His particular brand of late-capitalist pop nihilism combined with his angst-ridden gay teen characters has always reeked of superficiality.'
  12. 'On a basic level I understand Mr. Lynch's statement but find that it reeks of arrogance.'
  13. 'Other folks have just been too unprofessional, or reeked of ‘yahoo’ thrill seeker, or just plain ugly racist.'
  14. 'It is her denunciation of the Back to Basics slogan as ‘evil’ that most strongly reeks of hypocrisy.'
  15. 'To be honest, the Informix purchase reeks of desperation to me.'
  16. 'His commanding physique simply reeked of total class.'
  17. 'Whittaker Chambers declared that the writings of Ayn Rand, a hero of the more libertarian right, reeked of fascism and the gas chambers.'
  18. 'Unfortunately, the conservative argument against gay marriage often reeks of hypocrisy.'
  19. 'If true, this reeked of media suppression by government.'
  20. 'The mere mention of morality reeks of back-to-basics hypocrisy.'


A foul smell.
  1. 'She could smell the reek of salted fish on his breath and she could see the lice in his beard.'
  2. 'The sounds of gentle snoring and the reek of alcohol permeated the room.'
  3. 'Like the squirrels in my garden, and the reek of fox which greeted me when I opened my front door this morning, it is a reminder that we live within nature, we do not stand outside of it.'
  4. 'It's dark in there, and I can smell the reek of alcohol from where I waver on the sidewalk.'
  5. 'Man I hate hospitals, if they're not depressing, they smell like anti-bacteria solvent, the gross part of alcohol, trying to cover up the reek of death and decay.'
  6. 'A Millfield Avenue resident living near the beck said: ‘Last night there was a real reek of diesel.’'
  7. 'And the reek of dried urine emanating from them was so strong that I almost threw up.'
  8. 'I suppose I could have pretended to be an investor and had a bit of fun, but the air was already thick with with the reek of manure without me adding to it.'
  9. 'The air grew foul, the reek of rotting death made them heave as they picked their way through the mass of tangled bodies.'
  10. 'I stumbled into someone's chest and immediately smelled the reek of alcohol.'

    More definitions

    1. a strong, unpleasant smell.

    2. vapor or steam. verb (used without object)

    3. to smell strongly and unpleasantly.

    4. to be strongly pervaded with something unpleasant or offensive.

    5. to give off steam, smoke, etc.

    6. to be wet with sweat, blood, etc. verb (used with object)

    7. to give off; emit; exude.

    8. to expose to or treat with smoke.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "wines can be reeking."

    "waters can be reeking."

    "torrents can be reeking."

    "smells can be reeking."

    "shelters can be reeking."

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    (reek)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’.