Origin of wrought
Definition for wrought (2 of 3)
- (used with a singular or plural verb) a place or establishment for manufacturing (often used in combination): ironworks.
- the working parts of a machine: the works of a watch.
- Theology. righteous deeds.
- everything; all related items or matters: a hamburger with the works.
- harsh or cruel treatment: to give someone the works.
verb (used without object), worked or (Archaic) wrought; working.
verb (used with object), worked or ( Archaic except for 29, 31, 34 ) wrought; working.
- to bring or put in; add, merge, or blend: The tailor worked in the patch skillfully. Work the cream into the hands until it is completely absorbed.
- to arrange a time or employment for: The dentist was very busy, but said she would be able to work me in late in the afternoon. They worked him into the new operation.
- to lose or dispose of, as by exercise or labor: We decided to work off the effects of a heavy supper by walking for an hour.
- to pay or fulfill by working: He worked off his debt by doing odd jobs.
- to bring about by work, effort, or action.
- to solve, as a problem.
- to arrive at by or as by calculation.
- to pay (a debt) by working instead of paying money.
- to exhaust, as a mine.
- to issue in a result.
- to evolve; elaborate.
- to amount to (a total or specified figure); add up (to): The total works out to 176.
- to prove effective or successful: Their marriage just didn't work out.
- to practice, exercise, or train, especially in order to become proficient in an athletic sport: The boxers are working out at the gym tonight.
- to study or examine thoroughly: For my term paper I worked over 30 volumes of Roman history.
- Informal. to beat unsparingly, especially in order to obtain something or out of revenge: They threatened to work him over until he talked.
- to move or stir the feelings; excite.
- to prepare; elaborate: Work up some plans.
- to increase in efficiency or skill: He worked up his typing speed to 70 words a minute.
Origin of work
Definition for wrought (3 of 3)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wreak
Examples from the Web for wrought
Then as now, the majority of Americans had little interest in examining the nuclear sword of Damocles their fear had wrought.
And a coup probably would exacerbate the economic problems that months of friction, violence and impasse have wrought.
At least 11 people were killed in the blizzard and $6 million in damage was wrought.Hercules, Schmercules. Here Are America’s 5 Worst Blizzards|Nina Strochlic|January 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, that doesn't really alter the havoc they've wrought.
This week, Democrats said they would pay for the destruction they wrought.
He wrought a state out of tribal kinship and fostered an independence and self-reliance which no oppression could destroy.Optimism|Helen Keller
But his Dulcinea had wrought most wonderfully on his imagination.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Isaac D'Israeli
The tank is of wrought iron or steel with strengthening pieces of angle iron.The Bacillus of Long Life|Loudon Douglas
And what vast changes of society and of nations had been wrought by sudden convulsions or by slow degrees since that era!Grandfather's Chair|Nathaniel Hawthorne
How many unexpected deliverances has He wrought on our behalf!Sermons|Clement Bailhache
British Dictionary definitions for wrought (1 of 3)
Word Origin for wrought
British Dictionary definitions for wrought (2 of 3)
Word Origin for wreak
British Dictionary definitions for wrought (3 of 3)
- decoration or ornamentation, esp of a specified kind
- (in combination)wirework; woolwork
- at one's job or place of employment
- in action; operating
Word Origin for work
Word Origin and History for wrought (1 of 4)
mid-13c., from past participle of Middle English werken (see work).
Word Origin and History for wrought (1 of 4)
Old English weorc, worc "something done, deed, action, proceeding, business, military fortification," from Proto-Germanic *werkan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch werk, Old Norse verk, Middle Dutch warc, Old High German werah, German Werk, Gothic gawaurki), from PIE root *werg- "to work" (see urge (v.)).
Work is less boring than amusing oneself. [Baudelaire, "Mon Coeur mis a nu," 1862]
In Old English, the noun also had the sense of "fornication." Workhouse in the sense of "place where the poor or petty criminals are lodged" first appeared 1650s. Works "industrial place" (usually with qualifying adj.) is attested from 1580s. Work ethic recorded from 1959.
Word Origin and History for wrought (2 of 4)
Old English wrecan "avenge," originally "to drive, drive out, punish" (class V strong verb; past tense wræc, past participle wrecen), from Proto-Germanic *wrekanan (cf. Old Saxon wrekan, Old Norse reka, Old Frisian wreka, Middle Dutch wreken "to drive, push, compel, pursue, throw," Old High German rehhan, German rächen "to avenge," Gothic wrikan "to persecute"), from PIE root *werg- "to work, to do" (cf. Lithuanian vergas "distress," vergas "slave;" Old Church Slavonic vragu "enemy;" Latin urgere; see urge (v.)). Meaning "inflict or take vengeance," with on, is recorded from late 15c.; that of "inflict or cause (damage or destruction)" is attested from 1817.
Word Origin and History for wrought (3 of 4)
a fusion of Old English wyrcan (past tense worhte, past participle geworht), from Proto-Germanic *wurkijanan; and Old English wircan (Mercian) "to work, operate, function," formed relatively late from Proto-Germanic noun *werkan (see work (n.)). Related: Worked; working. Working class is from 1789 as a noun, 1839 as an adjective.
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Idioms and Phrases with wrought
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
- 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