[ rek ]
/ rɛk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. wreath,
  2. wreathe,
  3. wreathed column,
  4. wreaths,
  5. wreathy,
  6. wreckage,
  7. wrecked,
  8. wrecker,
  9. wrecker's ball,
  10. wreckfish

Origin of wreck

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

Related formsun·wrecked, adjective

Can be confusedrack wrack wreak wreckracked wracked wreaked wrecked

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British Dictionary definitions for wreck


/ (rɛk) /


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


Word Origin for wreck

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

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