Middle English wrek, from Anglo-Norman wrek, from Old Norse *wrek (Norwegian and Icelandic rek, Swedish vrak), from Proto-Germanic *wrekaną, whence also Old English wrecan (English wreak), Old High German rehhan, Old Saxon wrekan, Gothic 𐍅𐍂𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽 (wrikan).
wreck (plural wrecks)
- Something or someone that has been ruined.
- The remains of something that has been severely damaged or worn down.
- To the fair haven of my native home, / The wreck of what I was, fatigued I come.
- An event in which something is damaged through collision.
- the wreck of matter and the crush of worlds
- Hard and obstinate / As is a rock amidst the raging floods, / 'Gainst which a ship, of succour desolate, / Doth suffer wreck, both of herself and goods.
- J. R. Green
- Its intellectual life was thus able to go on amidst the wreck of its political life.
- (law) Goods, etc. cast ashore by the sea after a shipwreck.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
- To destroy violently; to cause severe damage to something, to a point where it no longer works, or is useless.
- He wrecked the car in a collision.
- That adulterous hussy wrecked my marriage!
- Supposing that they saw the king's ship wrecked.
- To ruin or dilapidate.
- (Australia) To dismantle wrecked vehicles or other objects, to reclaim any useful parts.
- To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
- Weak and envied, if they should conspire, / They wreck themselves.
- See also Thesaurus:destroy