[ rawt ]
/ rɔt /


Archaic except in some senses. a simple past tense and past participle of work.


elaborated; embellished.
not rough or crude.
produced or shaped by beating with a hammer, as iron or silver articles.

Origin of wrought

1200–50; Middle English wroght, metathetic variant of worht, past participle of worchen to work


2 See worked.

Related forms

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Examples from the Web for self-wrought

  • With what enthusiasm was I often carried away by these self-wrought fancies!

    Sir Jasper Carew|Charles James Lever
  • These men, he holds, will inevitably develop a common character based on a self-wrought scientific education and view of life.

    The World of H.G. Wells|Van Wyck Brooks
  • In Germany there is a self which is self-wrought and self-owned.

  • Public vengeance was not satisfied with the self-wrought retribution on Stukely.

    Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing

British Dictionary definitions for self-wrought


/ (rɔːt) /


archaic a past tense and past participle of work


metallurgy shaped by hammering or beating
(often in combination) formed, fashioned, or worked as specifiedwell-wrought
decorated or made with delicate care

Word Origin for wrought

C16: variant of worht, from Old English geworht, past participle of (ge) wyrcan to work


Wrought is sometimes used as if it were the past tense and past participle of wreak as in the hurricane wrought havoc in coastal areas. Many people think this use is incorrect
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