- The definition of a wreck is something that has been destroyed, or a person who is upset or in poor health.
- A car that has been crashed or a ship that has sunk is an example of a wreck.
- A person who is disheveled, disorganized and in a sorry state is an example of a wreck.
- To wreck is to destroy something or cause it to be destroyed.
- When you cause a car to crash and be destroyed, this is an example of a situation where you wreck the car.
- When you cause a relationship to fall apart and be destroyed, this is an example of a situation where you wreck the relationship.
- goods or wreckage cast ashore after a shipwreck
- the disabling or destruction of a ship by a storm or other disaster; shipwreck
- a ship that has been disabled or destroyed by a storm or other disaster
- the remains of anything, often, specif., a motor vehicle, that has been destroyed or badly damaged
- a person who is physically in very poor health or emotionally upset or exhausted
- a wrecking or being wrecked; destruction; ruin
Origin of wreckMiddle English wrek from Anglo-French wrec from Old Norse vrek, driftwood, wreckage, akin to Middle Dutch wrak, wrack: for Indo-European base see wreak
- to destroy or damage badly
- to tear down or dismantle (a building, etc.)
- to bring to ruin or disaster; overthrow; thwart; defeat
- to destroy the health, or physical or mental soundness, of
- to be wrecked
- to work as a wrecker
- The act of destroying or the state of being destroyed; destruction: “The filmmaker … was hardly the first person to blame misguided agriculture for the wreck of the plains” ( Timothy Egan )
- a. Accidental destruction of a ship; a shipwreck.b. The stranded hulk of a severely damaged ship.c. Fragments of a ship or its cargo cast ashore by the sea after a shipwreck; wreckage.
- a. An automobile or railroad collision or accident: witnessed a wreck on the highway.b. The remains of something that has been wrecked, especially an automobile that has crashed: walked away unharmed from the wreck.
- a. Something that is dilapidated or worn out: still driving that wreck of a car; living in a wreck of a house.b. A person who is physically or mentally worn out.
verbwrecked, wreck·ing, wrecks
- To cause the destruction of in a collision: wrecked the car by hitting a tree.
- To dismantle or raze; tear down.
- To cause to undergo ruin or disaster: an argument that wrecked their friendship. See Synonyms at blast. See Synonyms at destroy. See Usage Note at wreak.
- To suffer destruction or ruin; become wrecked: a ship that wrecked on the rocks.
- Informal To experience or cause an accident in which the vehicle one is riding in is badly damaged: They were speeding over 70 miles an hour when they wrecked.
- To work as a wrecker.
Origin of wreckMiddle English wrek from Anglo-Norman wrec of Scandinavian origin Old Norse rec wreckage
(third-person singular simple present wrecks, present participle wrecking, simple past and past participle wrecked)
- 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!
- To ruin or dilapidate.
- To dismantle wrecked vehicles or other objects, to reclaim any useful parts. (Australia)
- To involve in a wreck; hence, to cause to suffer ruin; to balk of success, and bring disaster on.
- restore (2)