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Etymology 1[edit]

From Classical Hebrew רְאֵם ‎(r'em).



  1. A large horned animal in ancient Hebrew literature, variously identified with the wild ox or aurochs (Bos primigenius), the Arabian oryx, or a mythical creature (compare unicorn).


Etymology 2[edit]

Compare ream ‎(to make a hole in)


reem ‎(third-person singular simple present reems, present participle reeming, simple past and past participle reemed)

  1. (transitive, nautical) To open (the seams of a vessel's planking) for the purpose of calking them.

Etymology 3[edit]

Of unclear origins, popularised by Joey Essex. Possibly derived from cream or ream.[1]


reem ‎(comparative reemer or more reem, superlative reemest or most reem)

  1. (Britain, chiefly Essex, slang) cool, excellent.
    • 2011 June 13, Julie McCaffrey, "Forget a suntan, fake it, safely bake or soothe it", The Mirror:
      The cast of The Only Way Is Essex have tried every fake tan in the universe and insist this is best before a reem night out.
    • 2012, Becci Fox, Confessions of an Essex Girl: A Smart, Sexy and Scandalously Funny Expose, Pan Macmillan (ISBN 9781447213024)
      Imagine a totally reem Hogwarts where Harry Potter looks like he should be in a Wham! video while Hermione's always on her pink BlackBerry and trying to catch Ron's attention by rolling up her skirt higher and higher.
    • 2014, Joey Essex, Being Reem, Hachette UK (ISBN 9781444794342)
      Room service: The reemest way to get food! [] The party royal is the most reem though because he goes to Vegas.


  1. ^ 2014, November 22, Dot Wordsworth, Does Joey Essex know what ‘reem’ actually means?, The Spectator