reel - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

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   us   /rɪəl/

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   us   /rɪəl/
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

force somebody's hand

to make someone do something they do not want to do, or act sooner than they had intended

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More