EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English rek, reke (smoke), from Old English rēc, rīec, from Proto-West Germanic *rauki, from Proto-Germanic *raukiz (compare West Frisian reek, riik, Dutch rook, Low German Röök, German Rauch, Danish røg, Norwegian Bokmål røyk), from Proto-Indo-European *rowgi- (compare Lithuanian rū̃kti (to smoke), rū̃kas (smoke, fog), Albanian regj (to tan)).[1]

NounEdit

reek (countable and uncountable, plural reeks)

  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.
    • 1913, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt[1]:
      The blue reeks of smoke from the cottages gave the whole widespread landscape an air of settled order and homely comfort.
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

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.

VerbEdit

reek (third-person singular simple present reeks, present participle reeking, simple 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.
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

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

NounEdit

reek (plural reeks)

  1. (Ireland) A hill; a mountain.

ReferencesEdit

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN
  • 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, [2]
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, →ISBN
  • Notes:
  1. ^ Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology, s.vv. “*raukiz”, “*reukanan”(Leiden: Brill, 2003), 299:303.

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ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English rek, reke (smoke), from Old English rēc, rīec, from Proto-West Germanic *rauki, from Proto-Germanic *raukiz.

NounEdit

reek (plural reeks)

  1. Vapour; steam; smoke; fume
  2. A morning mist rising out of the ground.
  3. The act of smoking a pipe or cigarette, a whiff, puff.

VerbEdit

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

  1. Of a chimney: to emit smoke, to fail to emit smoke properly, sending it back into the room.
  2. To smoke a pipe etc. To emit vapour or steam.
  3. To show anger or fury, to fume, pour out one's spleen.

West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian rēk, from Proto-West Germanic *rauki, from Proto-Germanic *raukiz.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

reek c (no plural)

  1. smoke

Alternative formsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • “reek”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal[3] (in Dutch), 2011