wrought

[ rawt ]
/ rɔt /

verb

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

adjective

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
Related forms

Definition for wrought (2 of 3)

Origin of work

before 900; (noun) Middle English worke, Old English worc, replacing Middle English werk(e), Old English weorc, cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon werk, Old High German werah, werc (German Werk), Old Norse verk, Greek érgon; (v.) Middle English worken, derivative of the noun, replacing Middle English wyrchen, Old English wyrcean; cognate with German wirken, Old Norse verkja, Gothic waurkjan
SYNONYMS FOR work
1 Work, drudgery, labor, toil refer to exertion of body or mind in performing or accomplishing something. Work is the general word and may apply to exertion that is either easy or hard: fun work; heavy work. Drudgery suggests continuous, dreary, and dispiriting work, especially of a menial or servile kind: the drudgery of household tasks. Labor particularly denotes hard manual work: labor on a farm, in a steel mill. Toil suggests wearying or exhausting labor: toil that breaks down the worker's health.
5 enterprise, project, job, responsibility.
2 industry, occupation, business.
3 job, trade, calling, vocation, profession.
7 product, achievement, feat.
16 toil, drudge.
28 operate, manipulate, handle.
29 accomplish, effect, produce, achieve.
34 finish, form, shape.
38 move.
Related formsnon·work, nounpre·work, verb, pre·worked or pre·wrought, pre·work·ing.pre·work, noun, adjective

Definition for wrought (3 of 3)

wreak

[ reek ]
/ rik /

verb (used with object)

to inflict or execute (punishment, vengeance, etc.): They wreaked havoc on the enemy.
to carry out the promptings of (one's rage, ill humor, will, desire, etc.), as on a victim or object: He wreaked his anger on the office staff.

Origin of wreak

before 900; Middle English wreken, Old English wrecan; cognate with German rächen to avenge, Old Norse reka to drive, avenge, Gothic wrikan to persecute; akin to Latin urgēre to drive, push
Related formswreak·er, noun
Can be confusedrack wrack wreak wreckracked wracked wreaked wrecked
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British Dictionary definitions for wrought (1 of 3)

wrought

/ (rɔːt) /

verb

archaic a past tense and past participle of work

adjective

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

usage

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

British Dictionary definitions for wrought (2 of 3)

wreak

/ (riːk) /

verb (tr)

to inflict (vengeance, etc) or to cause (chaos, etc)to wreak havoc on the enemy
to express, or gratify (anger, hatred, etc)
archaic to take vengeance for
Derived Formswreaker, noun

Word Origin for wreak

Old English wrecan; related to Old Frisian wreka, Old High German rehhan (German rächen), Old Norse reka, Latin urgēre to push

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British Dictionary definitions for wrought (3 of 3)

work

/ (wɜːk) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsworkless, adjectiveworklessness, noun

Word Origin for work

Old English weorc (n), wircan, wyrcan (vb); related to Old High German wurchen, German wirken, Old Norse yrkja, Gothic waurkjan
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Science definitions for wrought

work

[ wûrk ]

The transfer of energy from one object to another, especially in order to make the second object move in a certain direction. Work is equal to the amount of force multiplied by the distance over which it is applied. If a force of 10 newtons, for example, is applied over a distance of 3 meters, the work is equal to 30 newtons per meter, or 30 joules. The unit for measuring work is the same as that for energy in any system of units, since work is simply a transfer of energy. Compare energy power.
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Culture definitions for wrought

work


In physics, the product of a force applied, and the distance through which that force acts.

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Idioms and Phrases with wrought

work


In addition to the idioms beginning with work

  • work both sides of the street
  • worked up, be
  • work in
  • work it
  • work like a beaver
  • work like a charm
  • work off
  • work on
  • work one's fingers to the bone
  • work one's way
  • work out
  • work over
  • work up
  • work wonders

also see:

  • all in a day's work
  • all work and no play
  • at work
  • busy work
  • dirty work
  • get down to (work)
  • good works
  • gum up (the works)
  • have one's work cut out
  • in the works
  • make short work of
  • many hands make light work
  • out of work
  • shoot the works
  • the works
  • turn (work) out all right
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