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verb (used without object)
  1. to have care, concern, or regard (often followed by of, with, or a clause).
  2. to take heed.
  3. Archaic. to be of concern or importance; matter: It recks not.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to have regard for; mind; heed.
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Origin of reck

before 900; Middle English rekken, Old English reccan; akin to Old Norse roekja to have care, German (ge)ruhen to deign
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Historical Examples

  • But Art, which is long-lived, recks little of Time, an evanescent thing.

    The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley

    Louis Tracy

  • Her cup of sorrow is already full, and she recks not if it run over.

  • Despoiled of his far more precious treasure, what recks he of that?

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • She builds for infinite years, and recks not the time of building.

  • Who recks the path which he has trod, when home and happiness are in view?

British Dictionary definitions for recks


verb archaic (used mainly with a negative)
  1. to mind or care about (something)to reck nought
  2. (usually impersonal) to concern or interest (someone)
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Word Origin

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

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"care, heed, consideration," 1560s, from reck (v.).

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