- The definition of wrought is formed by hand or decorated.
An example of wrought is an ornamental gate made of iron.
Origin of wroughtMiddle English wrogt, altered ; from worgt, past participle of weorken ; from Old English wyrcan, to work
- formed; fashioned
- shaped by hammering or beating: said of metals
- elaborated with care
- decorated; ornamented
- Put together; created: a carefully wrought plan.
- Shaped by hammering with tools. Used chiefly of metals or metalwork.
Origin of wroughtMiddle English wroght, from Old English geworht, past participle of wyrcan, to work; see werg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more wrought, superlative most wrought)
- Having been worked or prepared somehow.
- Is that fence made out of wrought iron?
- Simple past tense and past participle of work.
- In modern English, wrought is usually not interchangeable with worked, the more common contemporary past and past participle of work.
- Wrought often lends a more archaic flavor. It is rarely used with intransitive senses of work.
- Because the phrase "work havoc" has become uncommon in modern English, its past tense "wrought havoc" is sometimes misinterpreted as being a past tense of "wreak havoc".
The past participle of Middle English werken (“to work”), from Old English wyrcan (past tense worhte, past participle geworht), from Proto-Germanic *wurkijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- (“to work”). Cognate with wright (as in wheelwright etc.), Dutch gewrocht, archaic past participle of werken (archaic past tense wrocht, archaic past part. gewrocht).