See also: Reem and réem



  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹiːm/, /ɹɪˈɛm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːm

Etymology 1Edit

From Biblical Hebrew רְאֵם(r'em).


reem (plural reems)

  1. A large horned animal in ancient Hebrew literature, variously identified with the wild ox or aurochs (Bos primigenius), the Arabian oryx, or a mythical creature (compare unicorn).

Etymology 2Edit

Compare ream (to make a hole in).


reem (third-person singular simple present reems, present participle reeming, simple past and past participle reemed)

  1. (transitive, nautical) To open (the seams of a vessel's planking) for the purpose of calking them.

Etymology 3Edit

Of unclear origins, popularised by Joey Essex. Possibly derived from cream or ream.[1]


reem (comparative reemer or more reem, superlative reemest or most reem)

  1. (UK, chiefly Essex, slang) cool, excellent; desirable; sexy.
    • 2011 June 13, Julie McCaffrey, "Forget a suntan, fake it, safely bake or soothe it", The Mirror:
      The cast of The Only Way Is Essex have tried every fake tan in the universe and insist this is best before a reem night out.
    • 2012, Becci Fox, Confessions of an Essex Girl: A Smart, Sexy and Scandalously Funny Expose, Pan Macmillan, →ISBN:
      Imagine a totally reem Hogwarts where Harry Potter looks like he should be in a Wham! video while Hermione's always on her pink BlackBerry and trying to catch Ron's attention by rolling up her skirt higher and higher.
    • 2014, Joey Essex, Being Reem, Hachette UK, →ISBN:
      Room service: The reemest way to get food! [] The party royal is the most reem though because he goes to Vegas.


  1. ^ 2014, November 22, Dot Wordsworth, Does Joey Essex know what ‘reem’ actually means?, The Spectator


Middle EnglishEdit



  1. Alternative form of reme (ream)


Alternative formsEdit


From Middle English reme (cream), from Old English rēam, from Proto-West Germanic *raum.



  1. cream


  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 64