verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- wreathed column,
- wrecker's ball,
Origin of wreck
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.
By the time the maids got back from the shore, peacocks had wrecked havoc on the waiting food.
So, you know, without a professional photographer on hand she would probably look tired and wrecked as well.
The writerly urge to kiss and tell may have wrecked the occasional romance, but readers reaped the rewards.
A bright blue storefront, heavily pockmarked with gunfire, is the backdrop to a wrecked, bullet-bashed car.Photographer Raymond Depardon Captures the ‘Sweet Moments’|Sarah Moroz|November 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Gun-brig “Snipe,” with 30 French prisoners on board, wrecked on the Beach.Chronological Retrospect of the History of Yarmouth and Neighbourhood|William Finch-Crisp
Her brother's business has been wrecked; wrecked so completely that he abandoned it—hadn't the courage to face his creditors.The Substitute Prisoner|Max Marcin
Not far away was the wrecked plane, an incongruous mass of streaks where the fabric had ripped through the gas-paint.
The train came to a standstill, the coupling between the wrecked and the unwrecked portions remaining intact.Down Under With the Prince|Everard Cotes
But they also saw, on the wrecked clouds of war, the beautiful bow of freedom.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
- the accidental destruction of a ship at sea
- the ship so destroyed
Word Origin for wreck
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."