- to have care, concern, or regard (often followed by of, with, or a clause).
- to take heed.
- Archaic. to be of concern or importance; matter: It recks not.
- Archaic. to have regard for; mind; heed.
Origin of reck
Examples from the Web for recks
But Art, which is long-lived, recks little of Time, an evanescent thing.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
Her cup of sorrow is already full, and she recks not if it run over.Gaspar the Gaucho
Despoiled of his far more precious treasure, what recks he of that?The Death Shot
She builds for infinite years, and recks not the time of building.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
Who recks the path which he has trod, when home and happiness are in view?Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion
St. George Tucker
- to mind or care about (something)to reck nought
- (usually impersonal) to concern or interest (someone)
Word Origin and History for recks
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.).