- to have care or concern (for) or take heed (of): he recks not of the peril
- to concern or be of concern; matter (to): it recks him not
Origin of reckMiddle English recken ; from Old English reccan; akin to Old High German ruohhen
tr. & intr.v.recked, reck·ing, recks Archaic
Origin of reckMiddle English recken, from Old English reccan; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present recks, present participle recking, simple past and past participle recked)
From Middle English recken, rekken, reken, from Old English rÄ“ccan, rÄ“can, from Proto-Germanic *rÅkijanÄ… (“to care, take care"), from Proto-Indo-European *rÄ“Çµ-, *rÄ“g- (“to care, help"). Cognate with Low German roken, ruken (“to reck, care"), German geruhen (“to deign, condescend"), Icelandic rÃ¦kja (“to care, regard, discharge"), Danish rÃ¸gte (“to care, tend").