Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “reel”

See all translations

reel

noun [C] uk   /rɪəl/ us  

reel noun [C] (HOLDER)

a round, wheel-shaped object on which sewing thread, fishing wire, film, etc. can be rolled, or the amount of thread, etc. stored on one of these

reel noun [C] (DANCE)

a fast Scottish or Irish dance, or the music for this

reel

verb [I] uk   /rɪəl/ us  
to walk, moving from side to side, looking like you are going to fall: At closing time he reeled out of the bar and fell down on the pavement. She hit him so hard that he reeled backwards. If the place where you are reels, what you are looking at seems to go round and round in front of you: A stone hit his head and the street reeled before his eyes. If you reel, or your mind or brain reels, you feel very confused or shocked and unable to act: We were reeling (in amazement/shock/delight, etc.) from/with the news that we had won all that money.
(Definition of reel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of reel?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “reel” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

derivative

If something is derivative, it is not the result of new ideas, but has been developed from or copies something else.

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More