wreck·​er | \ ˈre-kər How to pronounce wrecker (audio) \

Definition of wrecker

1a : one that searches for or works on the wrecks of ships (as for rescue or for plunder)
2 : one that wrecks especially : one whose work is the demolition of buildings

Examples of wrecker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At root, Trump has always been an incendiary force and a wrecker. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump Directs His Wrecking Ball at the COVID-19 Relief Bill and Mitch McConnell," 23 Dec. 2020 In an Instagram post acknowledging the closure, Kennedy blamed that all-too-familiar wrecker of South Florida restaurants – COVID-19. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Flame out: Smoke BBQ closes Boca Raton restaurant after two-year run," 10 Dec. 2020 The deputy also called for a wrecker to pick up the defendants’ car, Wade said, then opened the trunk of his patrol car to get evidence bags. Tim Lockette The Anniston Star, al, "Calhoun County deputy fatally shot armed woman who escaped handcuffs, sheriff says," 24 Nov. 2020 Fortunately for Clark, though, he likely won't be asked to handle the Browns' game-wrecker all on his own. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts injuries: Anthony Castonzo, Darius Leonard OUT Sunday against Browns," 9 Oct. 2020 Armed with their interior game-wrecker, acquired for the high price of a first-round pick, this defense was supposed to be damn-near a finished product. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Can't stop Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars? What happened to the Colts defense?," 13 Sep. 2020 All know that calling a presidential election wrong is a career-wrecker. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "After waiting game, media moves swiftly to call Biden winner," 7 Nov. 2020 The Browns were also without their game wrecker Myles Garrett for much of the game. cleveland, "Myles Garrett and Browns limp into bye at 5-3 after 16-6 loss to Raiders in high winds, snow flurries," 1 Nov. 2020 Pairing him with another ex-Jaguars game-wrecker, Calais Campbell (4.0 sacks), makes the Ravens defense as a formidable a force as Indianapolis has seen this season. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Soft schedule nearly behind them, Colts upcoming slate fraught with roadblocks," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of wrecker

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Wrecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrecker. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrecker

US : a truck that takes away cars that are damaged or not working
: someone or something that destroys something


wreck·​er | \ ˈre-kər How to pronounce wrecker (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrecker

1 : a truck for removing wrecked or broken-down vehicles
2 : a person who wrecks something

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