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noun \ˈrek\

Simple Definition of wreck

  • : a vehicle, airplane, etc., that has been badly damaged or destroyed

  • : a ruined or destroyed ship

  • : an accident in which a car, airplane, train, etc., is badly damaged or destroyed

Full Definition of wreck

  1. 1 :  something cast up on the land by the sea especially after a shipwreck

  2. 2 a :  shipwreck b :  the action of wrecking or fact or state of being wrecked :  destruction c :  a violent and destructive crash <was injured in a car wreck>

  3. 3 a :  a hulk or the ruins of a wrecked ship b :  the broken remains of something wrecked or otherwise ruined c :  something disabled or in a state of ruin or dilapidation <the house was a wreck>; also :  a person or animal of broken constitution, health, or spirits <he's a nervous wreck>

Examples of wreck

  1. This car has never been in a wreck.

  2. The stress of her final exams made her a wreck.

  3. Dad was a nervous wreck on the day I had my surgery.

Origin of wreck

Middle English wrek, from Anglo-French, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rek wreck; akin to Old English wrecan to drive

First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with wreck




Simple Definition of wreck

  • : to damage (something) so badly that it cannot be repaired

  • : to ruin or destroy (something)

  • : to destroy (a ship) by crashing it into something

Full Definition of wreck

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cast ashore

  3. 2 a :  to reduce to a ruinous state by or as if by violence <a country wrecked by war> <ambition wrecked his marriage> b :  shipwreck c :  to ruin, damage, or imperil by a wreck <wrecked the car>

  4. 3 :  bring about, wreak <wreck havoc>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become wrecked

  7. 2 :  to rob, salvage, or repair wreckage or a wreck

Examples of wreck

  1. I wrecked my mother's car.

  2. Many houses were wrecked by the hurricane.

  3. The affair wrecked his marriage.

  4. Bad weather wrecked our vacation.

14th Century

First Known Use of wreck

14th century

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