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It smells absolutely rotten and offensive. Birds are falling from the sky because of the fumes. You might throw up from one whiff. Whatever it is, it reeks.

Shakespeare famously wrote about the "breath that from my mistress reeks," but that's not a nice way to talk about a girlfriend. The word usually describes smells, but can also be used to suggest something fishy, as in "the suspicious transactions reeked of mob involvement." But noses everywhere agree: Whether it's coming from your sneakers or from the aftermath of a shady deal, if something reeks — it stinks to high heaven.

Primary Meanings of reek

1.
vn
give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc.
a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
2.
v
have an element suggestive (of something)
3.
v
be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face
Full Definitions of reek
1

v give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc.

“Marshes reeking in the sun”
Type of:
emit, give off, give out
give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.

v smell badly and offensively

“The building reeks of smoke”
Synonyms:
stink
Type of:
smell
smell bad

n a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

Synonyms:
fetor, foetor, malodor, malodour, mephitis, stench, stink
Types:
niff, pong
an unpleasant smell
Type of:
odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell
the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form
2

v have an element suggestive (of something)

Synonyms:
smack, smell
Type of:
evoke, paint a picture, suggest
call to mind
3

v be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face

Synonyms:
fume
Type of:
exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities

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