Main definitions of smeek in English

: smeek1smeek2

smeek1

(also smeik)

noun

Scottish
  • Smoke from burning or smouldering material.

Origin

Middle English. Variant of smeech.

Pronunciation

smeek

/smiːk/

Main definitions of smeek in English

: smeek1smeek2

smeek2

(also smeik)

verb

Scottish
  • 1no object To emit smoke; to smoke. Formerly also: †to send out or give off steam or vapour (obsolete).

  • 2To expose to smoke, especially (in earlier use) in order to cleanse, cure, or dry; to fumigate; to smoke.

  • 3rare To smoke (a beehive, wasp's nest, etc.); to suffocate (bees) with smoke; to drive out (an animal) using smoke. Also with out: to smoke out.

Origin

Old English; earliest use found in Medicina de Quadrupedibus. Probably cognate with Middle Dutch smieken to smoulder, to emit smoke, German regional (Bavaria) schmiehen to smoulder, to turn into ash from an ablaut variant (e-grade) of the Germanic base of smoke (which shows zero-grade of the base).

Pronunciation

smeek

/smiːk/