Dictionary.com

reckless

[ rek-lis ]
/ ˈrɛk lɪs /
Save This Word!

adjective

utterly unconcerned about the consequences of some action; without caution; careless (usually followed by of): to be reckless of danger.
characterized by or proceeding from such carelessness: reckless extravagance.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON PARENTHESES AND BRACKETS APLENTY!

Set some time apart to test your bracket symbol knowledge, and see if you can keep your parentheses, squares, curlies, and angles all straight!
Question 1 of 7
Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?

Origin of reckless

before 900; Middle English rekles,Old English reccelēas careless (cognate with German ruchlos); see reck, -less

OTHER WORDS FROM reckless

reck·less·ly, adverbreck·less·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reckless

feckless, reckless
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for reckless

British Dictionary definitions for reckless

reckless
/ (ˈrɛklɪs) /

adjective

having or showing no regard for danger or consequences; heedless; rasha reckless driver; a reckless attempt

Derived forms of reckless

recklessly, adverbrecklessness, noun

Word Origin for reckless

Old English recceleās (see reck, -less); related to Middle Dutch roekeloos, Old High German ruahhalōs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Tired of Typos? Get Help Now!