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)
b : tow truck
2 : one that wrecks especially : one whose work is the demolition of buildings

Examples of wrecker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web College basketball appears more than willing to play the role of confidence wrecker in 2021-22, kicking open more competitive doors. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2021 Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux is a one-man game-wrecker. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Dec. 2021 Aidan Hutchinson is, legitimately, a potential game-wrecker. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 22 Nov. 2021 Many noteworthy buildings fell to the wrecker’s ball, but there are several architectural gems here. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 The offensive line didn’t face game-wrecker J.J. Watt, but it was wrecked, anyway, and Garoppolo was battered. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Nov. 2021 He’s the game wrecker in the mold of Miller, Aaron Donald, T.J. Watt and the league’s other great defensive lineman and edge rushers. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 29 Sep. 2021 That means establishing Mack as an every-week game wrecker, an elite pass rusher whose production shows up on the stat sheet and in the highlight reel. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 But for children, the smoke is a summer wrecker, spoiling outdoor fun and driving kids too long penned up by the pandemic back inside. Marc Fisher, Jennifer Oldham, Sheila Regan, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021

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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 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrecker

: a truck that takes away cars that are damaged or not working : tow truck
: 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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