- any building, structure, or thing reduced to a state of ruin.
- wreckage, goods, etc., remaining above water after a shipwreck, especially when cast ashore.
- the ruin or destruction of a vessel in the course of navigation; shipwreck.
- a vessel in a state of ruin from disaster at sea, on rocks, etc.
- the ruin or destruction of anything: the wreck of one's hopes.
- a person of ruined health; someone in bad shape physically or mentally: The strain of his work left him a wreck.
- to cause the wreck of (a vessel); shipwreck.
- to involve in a wreck.
- to cause the ruin or destruction of: to wreck a car.
- to tear down; demolish: to wreck a building.
- to ruin or impair severely: Fast living wrecked their health.
Origin of wreck
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Examples from the Web for wrecked
When he approached the wrecked nest, Patterson saw one of the eaglets on the exposed ground near the base of the tree.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
By the time the maids got back from the shore, peacocks had wrecked havoc on the waiting food.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
So, you know, without a professional photographer on hand she would probably look tired and wrecked as well.Russian Model Natalia Vodianova Posts Picture Of Herself Breastfeeding In The Nude
June 5, 2014
The writerly urge to kiss and tell may have wrecked the occasional romance, but readers reaped the rewards.9 Works Inspired by Writers’ Love Lives
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 14, 2014
A bright blue storefront, heavily pockmarked with gunfire, is the backdrop to a wrecked, bullet-bashed car.Photographer Raymond Depardon Captures the ‘Sweet Moments’
November 15, 2013
It is but a feeble destiny that is wrecked by passion, when it should be ennobled.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It was afterwards reported, that near fifty vessels were wrecked on the Irish coast.
There was also an Englishman who worked his passage, having been the cooper of a whaler that was wrecked.
Her soul was wrecked as truly as if the whole world knew it, and could cry to her "Shame!"Meadow Grass
Mr. Clews also tells us how roads are wrecked by their boards of directors.The Railroad Question
- slang in a state of intoxication, stupor, or euphoria, induced by drugs or alcohol
- to involve in or suffer disaster or destruction
- (tr) to cause the wreck of (a ship)
- the accidental destruction of a ship at sea
- the ship so destroyed
- maritime law goods cast ashore from a wrecked vessel
- a person or thing that has suffered ruin or dilapidation
- the remains of something that has been destroyed
- old-fashioned the act of wrecking or the state of being wrecked; ruin or destruction
Word Origin and History for wrecked
early 13c., "goods cast ashore after a shipwreck, flotsam," from Anglo-French wrec, from Old Norse *wrek (cf. Norwegian, Icelandic rek) "wreck, flotsam," related to reka "to drive, push" (see wreak). The meaning "a shipwreck" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "a wrecked ship" is from c.1500. General sense of "remains of anything that has been ruined" is recorded from 1713; applied by 1795 to dissipated persons.
"to destroy, ruin," c.1500, from wreck (n.). Related: Wrecked; wrecking. Earlier (12c.) it meant "drive out or away, remove;" also "take vengeance."