Synonyms of reel
1 staggerDictionary • He lost his balance and reeled back.
stagger • He was staggering and had to lean on the bar.
rock • His body rocked from side to side.
roll • They rolled about in hysterics.
pitch • He pitched head-first over the low wall.
stumble • I stumbled into the telephone box and dialled 999.
sway • The people swayed back and forth with arms linked.
lurch • a drunken yob lurching out of a bar, shouting obscenities
wobble • The ladder wobbled on the uneven ground.
waver • The shadows of the dancers wavered on the wall.
totter • He tottered to the fridge to get another beer.
2 be shaken • I'm still reeling from the shock of hearing it.
be taken aback
be in shock
3 whirlDictionary • The room reeled and he jammed his head down.
whirl • My head whirled in a giddiness like that of intoxication.
swim • The musty aroma of the incense made her head swim.
spin • The Earth spins on its own axis.
revolve • The entire circle revolved slowly.
swirl • She smiled, swirling the wine in her glass.
twirl • She twirled an empty glass in her fingers.
go round and round
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ reel something in
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• a drunken yob lurching out of a bar, shouting obscenities
pitchTo pitch somewhere means to fall forwards suddenly and with a lot of force.
• He pitched head-first over the low wall.
• The entire circle revolved slowly.
Thesaurus for reel from the Collins English Thesaurus
any of various cylindrical objects or frames that turn on an axis and onto which film, magnetic tape, paper tape, wire, thread, etc, may be wound