reckless

[ rek-lis ]
/ ˈrɛk lɪs /

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.

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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
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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
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