- the destruction or loss of a ship, as by sinking.
- the remains of a wrecked ship.
- destruction or ruin: the shipwreck of one's hopes.
- to cause to suffer shipwreck.
- to destroy; ruin.
- to suffer shipwreck.
Origin of shipwreck
Examples from the Web for shipwrecked
Nor was Robert Redford for his towering, largely dialogue-less turn as a stoic, shipwrecked badass in All is Lost.Why Leonardo DiCaprio, Who Wows in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ Deserves to (Finally) Win An Oscar
February 17, 2014
Philippines News, the girls get shipwrecked and dive straight into all sorts of hijinks.Empire of the Sun & More of the Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
May 5, 2013
In Twelfth Night, twins again, this time male and female, are shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, each believing the other dead.The Old Man and the Sea
April 9, 2013
As the hours passed, Lehman worried about their increasingly late start—she'd been shipwrecked on these waters before.Inside Congo's Floating Hospital
March 2, 2011
But the fate of shipwrecked mariners all over the world is notorious.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
It was as if we were abandoned, shipwrecked, a thousand miles from land.The Flood
I was shipwrecked once and spent two days in a boat looking for a sail.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
They are shipwrecked and a strange mix-up occurs on account of it.The Eternal City
Dan scanned the sea like a shipwrecked mariner watching for a sail.Tales of Fishes
- the partial or total destruction of a ship at sea
- a wrecked ship or part of such a ship
- ruin or destructionthe shipwreck of all my hopes
- to wreck or destroy (a ship)
- to bring to ruin or destruction
Word Origin and History for shipwrecked
mid-15c., from ship (n.) + wreck (n.). Earlier it meant "things cast up from a shipwreck" (c.1100). The earlier word for "shipwreck" in the modern sense was Middle English schipbreke, "'ship-break,'" from a North Sea Germanic word, cf. West Frisian skipbrek, Middle Dutch schipbroke, German Schiffbruch, Old English scipgebroc. Old English scipbryce meant "right to claim goods from a wrecked ship."
1580s, "cause to wreck;" c.1600, "to suffer shipwreck," from shipwreck (n.). Related: Shipwrecked.