Why should we reck of hours that rendWhile we two ride together?
"I reck'n the Cup is kind o' company to him," said Jim Mason.
I reck'n he'd like to be all the while in the saddle on the Downs.
I reck'n Th' Owd Un come on him while he was at it; and then they fought.
And therefore I reck not what ye say, so that I may win your lady.
Little do I reck of the issue, I who am but the Minister of what is written.
Or what reck the rough gold-diggers, and stalwart trappers, seen around the table, for any or all of them?
What is well done I feel as if I did; what is ill done I reck not of.
Little did they reck of all they brought with them; he might win it who had a mind thereto.
I reck not what ye say, so I win your lady sister from her oppressor.'
Old English reccan (2) "take care of, be interested in, care for; have regard to, take heed of; to care, heed; desire (to do something)" (strong verb, past tense rohte, past participle rought), from West Germanic *rokjan, from Proto-Germanic *rokja- (cf. Old Saxon rokjan, Middle Dutch roeken, Old Norse rækja "to care for," Old High German giruochan "to care for, have regard to," German geruhen "to deign," which is influenced by ruhen "to rest").
And in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the City, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn. [J.R.R. Tolkien, "Return of the King," 1955]The -k- sound is probably a northern influence from Norse. No known cognates outside Germanic. "From its earliest appearance in Eng., reck is almost exclusively employed in negative or interrogative clauses" [OED]. Related: Recked; recking.
"care, heed, consideration," 1560s, from reck (v.).