wreck

[ rek ]
/ rɛk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be involved in a wreck; become wrecked: The trains wrecked at the crossing.
to act as a wrecker; engage in wrecking.

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Origin of wreck

1200–50; (noun) Middle English wrec, wrech, wrek < Old Danish wrækæ wreck; (v.) late Middle English, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM wreck

un·wrecked, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wreck

rack wrack wreak wreckracked wracked wreaked wrecked
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British Dictionary definitions for wreck

wreck
/ (rɛk) /

verb

to involve in or suffer disaster or destruction
(tr) to cause the wreck of (a ship)

noun

Word Origin for wreck

C13: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rek. See wrack ², wreak
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