- 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.
- Archaic. to have regard for; mind; heed.
Origin of reck
Examples from the Web for recking
She had played on impulse, recking not the danger of crossing the lawyer.Max Fargus
Each province lived in selfish isolation, recking little of its neighbor's woes.A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I
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.Stray Studies from England and Italy
John Richard Greene
Does she not sleep soundly, recking nothing of evil or the sorrow of others, upon her bed?Lochinvar
S. R. Crockett
- to mind or care about (something)to reck nought
- (usually impersonal) to concern or interest (someone)
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.).