Wrack Definition

răk
racks, wracked, wracking, wracks
noun
wracks
Destruction; ruin.
Webster's New World
A wrecked ship.
Webster's New World
Violent destruction of a building or vehicle.
American Heritage
Wreckage.
Webster's New World
A fragment of something that has been destroyed.
Webster's New World
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verb
wracked, wracking, wracks
To cause the ruin of; wreck.
American Heritage
To wreck or be wrecked.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World

(UK dialectal) To execute vengeance; avenge.

Wiktionary

(UK dialectal) To worry; tease; torment.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Wrack

Noun

Singular:
wrack
Plural:
wracks

Origin of Wrack

  • From Middle Dutch (Dutch) wrak (cognate with German Wrack, Old Norse rek, Danish vrag, Swedish vrak, Old English wræc). Compare Gothic 𐍅𐍂𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽 (wrikan), 𐍅𐍂𐌰𐌺𐌾𐌰𐌽 (wrakjan, “persecute"), Old Norse reka (“drive").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English wrake, wrache, wreche, from a merger of Old English wracu, wræc (“misery, suffering") and Old English wrǣċ (“vengeance, revenge").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English wræc punishment (influenced by Middle Dutch wrak shipwreck)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English wrak from Middle Dutch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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