Reel vs Reely - What's the difference?

reel | reely |

As an adjective reel

is real (true, fact, not fictional).

As a noun reel

is real (reality).

As an adverb reely is




(wikipedia reel)


(en noun)
  • A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel.
  • A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound
  • a log reel , used by seamen
    an angler's reel
    a garden reel
  • A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, -- for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.
  • (McElrath)
  • A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
  • A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To wind on a reel.
  • To spin or revolve repeatedly.
  • To unwind, to bring or acquire something by spinning or winding something else.
  • He reeled off some tape from the roll and sealed the package.
  • To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of oneself.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , title=The Dust of Conflict , chapter=30 citation , passage=It was by his order the shattered leading company flung itself into the houses when the Sin Verguenza were met by an enfilading volley as they reeled into the calle.}}
  • * Bible, Psalms cvii. 27
  • They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • He, with heavy fumes oppressed, / Reeled from the palace, and retired to rest.
  • * Macaulay
  • the wagons reeling under the yellow sheaves
  • (reel back) To back off or step away unsteadily and quickly.
  • He reeled back from the punch.
  • To make or cause to reel.
  • To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
  • * Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In these lengthened vigils his brain often reeled .
  • To be in shock.
  • * 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "[]," New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012):
  • New Jersey was reeling on Wednesday from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which has caused catastrophic flooding here in Hoboken and in other New York City suburbs, destroyed entire neighborhoods across the state and wiped out iconic boardwalks in shore towns that had enchanted generations of vacationgoers.
  • (obsolete) To roll.
  • * Spenser
  • And Sisyphus an huge round stone did reel .


    ; to stagger * 1996 , , Virago Press, paperback edition, page 111 *: Sarah reels a little, nevertheless, under the dog's boisterous greeting.

    Derived terms

    * reel in * reel off


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  • * {{quote-book, year=1880, author=Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), title=Roughing It, Part 6., chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=But mind you, there ain't anything ever reely lost; everything that people can't understand and don't see the reason of does good if you only hold on and give it a fair shake; Prov'dence don't fire no blank ca'tridges, boys. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1897, author=W. W. Jacobs, title=More Cargoes, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="'Shame,' ses most of 'em; an' I reely b'leeve they'd worked theirselves up to that pitch they'd ha' felt disappointed if the skipper had been saved. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1903, author=Harry Leon Wilson, title=The Lions of the Lord, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="Thought you was a milishy man, I tell you, from the careless way you hollered--one of Brockman's devils come back a-snoopin', and I didn't crave trouble, but when I saw the Lord appeared to reely want me to cope with the powers of darkness, why, I jest gritted into you for the consolation of Israel. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=George Meredith, title=The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=And it reely was the penitent on his two knees, not the lover on his one. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1911, author=Caroline Lockhart, title='Me-Smith', chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=If he ever reely hit you with that fist of his'n, it ud sink in up to the elbow. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1911, author=William Makepeace Thackeray, title=The History of Samuel Titmarsh, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Both your son and your daughter-in-law, ma'am, are of that uncommon sort; they are, now, reely , ma'am." }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1916, author=Boyd Cable (Ernest Andrew Ewart), title=Action Front, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Private Flannigan looked over his shoulder at him, "Mong capitaine," he said, "you ought, you reely ought, to ring up your telephone; turn the handle round an' say something." " }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1918, author=Francis Barton Fox, title=The Heart of Arethusa, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="She ain't seen him for more'n a month reely , but I reckon it does seem 'most a year to her." }}