[ rek ]
See synonyms for reck on
verb (used without object)
  1. to have care, concern, or regard (often followed by of, with, or a clause).

  2. to take heed.

  1. Archaic. to be of concern or importance; matter: It recks not.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Words Nearby reck Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reck in a sentence

  • He was on his way to make some inquiries of a firm of solicitors, Messrs. Kedge and reck, strangers to him in all but name.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Evening following your instructions, had to see managing clerk of Kedge and reck; was engaged on a little matter for them.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Lordship made a joke of it; took up the matter as a brother ought; wrote himself to Kedge and reck to get it settled.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He has been in Australia for several years, he says; went there directly after he left Kedge and reck's that autumn.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Den I reck'n'd I'd inves' de thirty-five dollars right off en keep things a-movin'.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for reck


/ (rɛk) /

verbarchaic (used mainly with a negative)
  1. to mind or care about (something): to reck nought

  2. (usually impersonal) to concern or interest (someone)

Origin of reck

Old English reccan; related to Old High German ruohhen to take care, Old Norse rækja, Gothic rakjan

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