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intr.v. reeked, reek·ing, reeks
1. To give off a strong unpleasant odor: "Grandma, who reeks of face powder and lilac water" (Garrison Keillor).
2. To be pervaded by something unpleasant: "This document ... reeks of self-pity and self-deception" (Christopher Hitchens).
3. Chiefly British To smoke, steam, or fume.
1. A strong offensive odor; a stench. See Synonyms at stench.
2. Chiefly British Smoke or vapor.
[Middle English reken, to emit smoke, from Old English rēocan, to emit smoke, and rēcan, to expose to smoke; see reug- in Indo-European roots.]