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[ rek-uh-ning ]
/ ˈrɛk ə nɪŋ /



What Is A “Self-Own”?There aren’t many better places, it seems, to celebrate the mistakes of others than on social media. Naturally, this is the arena where self-own has had great popularity. So, what does it mean?

Nearby words

recklinghausen's disease of bone, recklinghausen's tumor, reckon, reckon with, reckoner, reckoning, reclaim, reclaimant, reclamation, reclassify, reclearance

Origin of reckoning

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at reckon, -ing1
SYNONYMS FOR reckoning
Related formspre·reck·on·ing, nounself-reck·on·ing, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-reckoning

  • I went back home and I just had a self-reckoning moment of what it is that I wanted to do with my life.

    Lupita Nyong’o On Her Magical Journey from Kenya to ‘12 Years A Slave’ and Possible Oscar Glory|Marlow Stern|February 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for self-reckoning


/ (ˈrɛkənɪŋ) /


the act of counting or calculating
settlement of an account or bill
a bill or account
retribution for one's actions (esp in the phrase day of reckoning)
nautical short for dead reckoning
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

Word Origin and History for self-reckoning



early 14c., "narrative, account," verbal noun from reckon (v.). Meaning "a settling of accounts" is from mid-14c.; that of "calculation" is from late 14c. Cf. Dutch rekening "a bill, account, reckoning," Old High German rechenunga, German rechnung, Danish regning "a reckoning, computation." Day of reckoning attested from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper