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From Middle High German [Term?], from Old High German riohhan, from Proto-Germanic *reukaną. Compare English reek, Dutch rieken, Danish ryge, Swedish ryka. See also Rauch.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʀiːçn̩/, /ˈʀiːçən/
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riechen (class 2 strong, third-person singular simple present riecht, past tense roch, past participle gerochen, past subjunctive röche, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to smell (something); to sniff (something)
  2. (intransitive) to use the sense of smell; to detect a smell
    an etwas riechento smell something
  3. (intransitive) to reek; to smell bad
  4. (intransitive) to have a scent; to smell (some way)
    nach etwas riechen“to smell like something”, “to smell of something”
  5. (transitive, slang) to tolerate (someone); to stand (someone)
    Ich kann ihn nicht riechen.
    I cannot stand him.


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