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[rek] /rɛk/
verb (used without object)
to have care, concern, or regard (often followed by of, with, or a clause).
to take heed.
Archaic. to be of concern or importance; matter:
It recks not.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to have regard for; mind; heed.
Origin of reck
before 900; Middle English rekken, Old English reccan; akin to Old Norse roekja to have care, German (ge)ruhen to deign Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for recking
Historical Examples
  • She had played on impulse, recking not the danger of crossing the lawyer.

    Max Fargus Owen Johnson
  • Each province lived in selfish isolation, recking little of its neighbor's woes.

  • Thereat they fought on, recking of nought; but the end of it was that Gunnlaug overcame Raven, and there Raven lost his life.

  • And meanwhile the buttercup drifts on, recking little of us and of our thoughts, into a world mysterious and unknown to her.

  • Does she not sleep soundly, recking nothing of evil or the sorrow of others, upon her bed?

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • Back to back they fought against all odds, recking little of bleeding noses and broken pates.

    Rowlandson's Oxford A. Hamilton Gibbs
  • But Claudius, recking little of his laurels, went and sat in his cabin, pondering deeply.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story F. Marion Crawford
  • He is his father's son, and the men of the house of Douglas, they come and they go, recking no will but their own.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for recking


verb (archaic) (used mainly with a negative)
to mind or care about (something): to reck nought
(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 recking



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.).

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