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.
Each province lived in selfish isolation, recking little of its neighbor's woes.
And meanwhile the buttercup drifts on, recking little of us and of our thoughts, into a world mysterious and unknown to her.
Thereat they fought on, recking of nought; but the end of it was that Gunnlaug overcame Raven, and there Raven lost his life.
Back to back they fought against all odds, recking little of bleeding noses and broken pates.
Does she not sleep soundly, recking nothing of evil or the sorrow of others, upon her bed?
She had played on impulse, recking not the danger of crossing the lawyer.
But Claudius, recking little of his laurels, went and sat in his cabin, pondering deeply.
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.).