reek / rēk/ • v. [intr.] smell strongly and unpleasantly; stink: the yard reeked of wet straw and stale horse manure | [as adj.] (reeking) the reeking lavatories. ∎ fig. be suggestive of something unpleasant or disapproved of: the speeches reeked of anti-Semitism.• n. [in sing.] a foul smell: the reek of cattle dung.DERIVATIVES: reek·y adj.