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reck

[rek] /rɛk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to have care, concern, or regard (often followed by of, with, or a clause).
2.
to take heed.
3.
Archaic. to be of concern or importance; matter:
It recks not.
verb (used with object)
4.
Archaic. to have regard for; mind; heed.
Origin of reck
900
before 900; Middle English rekken, Old English reccan; akin to Old Norse roekja to have care, German (ge)ruhen to deign
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Examples from the Web for recked
Historical Examples
  • Men at this time in France recked little of papal authority, and the commissioners found themselves scorned.

  • Was he so confident—so sure of her heart, that he recked not thus leaving her alone with me?

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Of liberty, or rights, or popular institutions he recked nothing; but not the less was he supposed to be on the people's side.

    Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • She said Arthur was good enough for Clare; it recked not whom Clare wedded withal.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • He had recked not of the coming woe that blissful hour by the side of the rippling Yellowstone.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • Little had they recked of either for many a dread hour past!

  • On they came like a wild charger,—received but recked not of a shower of stones.

    The Coral Island R. M. Ballantyne
  • If this last, I shall have done better for my charge than I recked of.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • What recked they of the turmoil that was abroad, while good liquor lasted, and the troll and merry tale went round?

  • What did he care, what recked he of the shower of bullets and tar-hoops that awaited him?

British Dictionary definitions for recked

reck

/rɛk/
verb (archaic) (used mainly with a negative)
1.
to mind or care about (something): to reck nought
2.
(usually impersonal) to concern or interest (someone)
Word Origin
Old English reccan; related to Old High German ruohhen to take care, Old Norse rækja, Gothic rakjan
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Word Origin and History for recked

reck

v.

Old English reccan (2) "take care of, be interested in, care for; have regard to, take heed of; to care, heed; desire (to do something)" (strong verb, past tense rohte, past participle rought), from West Germanic *rokjan, from Proto-Germanic *rokja- (cf. Old Saxon rokjan, Middle Dutch roeken, Old Norse rækja "to care for," Old High German giruochan "to care for, have regard to," German geruhen "to deign," which is influenced by ruhen "to rest").

And in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the City, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn. [J.R.R. Tolkien, "Return of the King," 1955]
The -k- sound is probably a northern influence from Norse. No known cognates outside Germanic. "From its earliest appearance in Eng., reck is almost exclusively employed in negative or interrogative clauses" [OED]. Related: Recked; recking.

n.

"care, heed, consideration," 1560s, from reck (v.).

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