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?
Of liberty, or rights, or popular institutions he recked nothing; but not the less was he supposed to be on the people's side.
She said Arthur was good enough for Clare; it recked not whom Clare wedded withal.
He had recked not of the coming woe that blissful hour by the side of the rippling Yellowstone.
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.
If this last, I shall have done better for my charge than I recked of.
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?
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.
"care, heed, consideration," 1560s, from reck (v.).