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Reeked vs Recked - What's the difference?

reeked | recked |

As verbs the difference between reeked and recked

is that reeked is past tense of reek while recked is past tense of reck.




  • (reek)

  • reek


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) rek, ‘smoke, fog’, Albanian regj ‘to tan’).Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology , s.vv. “*raukiz”, “*reukanan”(Leiden: Brill, 2003), 299:303.


  • A strong unpleasant smell.
  • Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.
  • * Shakespeare
  • As hateful to me as the reek of a limekiln.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) reken ‘to smoke’, from (etyl) . See above.


    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To be emitted or exhaled, emanate, as of vapour or perfume.
  • To have or give off a strong, unpleasant smell.
  • You reek of perfume.
    Your fridge reeks of egg.
  • (figuratively) To be evidently associated with something unpleasant.
  • The boss appointing his nephew as a director reeks of nepotism.

    Etymology 3

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


  • (Ireland) A hill; a mountain.
  • References

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  • (reck)
  • Anagrams




    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


    (en verb)
  • To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard; consider.
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • this son of mine not recking danger
  • * Burns
  • And may you better reck the rede / Than ever did the adviser.
  • * 1603 , William Shakespeare, "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", Act 1, Scene 3:
  • Ophelia:
    Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
    Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
    Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
    Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
    And recks not his own rede.
  • *
  • * 1922 , (James Joyce), Chapter 13
  • Little recked he perhaps for what she felt, that dull aching void in her heart sometimes, piercing to the core.
  • To care; to matter.
  • * 1822 , John E. Hall (ed.), The Port Folio , vol. XIV
  • Little thou reck'st [2] of this sad store!
    Would thou might never reck [1] them more!
  • * 1900 , , Villanelle of Marguerite's , lines 10-11
  • *:She knows us not, nor recks if she enthrall
  • *:With voice and eyes and fashion of her hair
  • To concern, to be important
  • It recks not!
  • * Milton
  • What recks it them?
  • (obsolete) To think.
  • Derived terms

    * (l) * reckless