To take heed of or to have caution.
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 reck
- Middle English recken from Old English reccan reg- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English recken, rekken, reken, from Old English rÄ“ccan, rÄ“can, from Proto-Germanic *rōkijanÄ… (“to care, take care"), from Proto-Indo-European *rēǵ-, *rÄ“g- (“to care, help"). Cognate with Low German roken, ruken (“to reck, care"), German geruhen (“to deign, condescend"), Icelandic rækja (“to care, regard, discharge"), Danish røgte (“to care, tend").