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wreck

[rek] /rɛk/
noun
1.
any building, structure, or thing reduced to a state of ruin.
2.
wreckage, goods, etc., remaining above water after a shipwreck, especially when cast ashore.
3.
the ruin or destruction of a vessel in the course of navigation; shipwreck.
4.
a vessel in a state of ruin from disaster at sea, on rocks, etc.
5.
the ruin or destruction of anything:
the wreck of one's hopes.
6.
a person of ruined health; someone in bad shape physically or mentally:
The strain of his work left him a wreck.
verb (used with object)
7.
to cause the wreck of (a vessel); shipwreck.
8.
to involve in a wreck.
9.
to cause the ruin or destruction of:
to wreck a car.
10.
to tear down; demolish:
to wreck a building.
11.
to ruin or impair severely:
Fast living wrecked their health.
verb (used without object)
12.
to be involved in a wreck; become wrecked:
The trains wrecked at the crossing.
13.
to act as a wrecker; engage in wrecking.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; (noun) Middle English wrec, wrech, wrek < Old Danish wrækæ wreck; (v.) late Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related forms
unwrecked, adjective
Can be confused
rack, wrack, wreak, wreck.
racked, wracked, wreaked, wrecked.
Synonyms
9. destroy, devastate, shatter. See spoil.
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Examples from the web for wrecked
  • Got the two destroyers-they wrecked them-destroyed them almost completely.
  • Accounts of ships wrecked, and of others disabled at sea, are still flowing in upon us.
  • Ships which tried to avoid one were often wrecked on the other rock.
  • Thus was the vessel of puritanism wrecked on its first trial voyage, in the teeth of the winds of tradition and authority.
  • Some of the best-conceived enterprises, backed by abundant capital and goodwill, have been wrecked on this rock.
  • They exploded any stores of powder they came upon, cut every telegraph, and wrecked the railways here and there.
  • Political parties are wrecked and public careers undone by a single indiscretion.
  • The wrecked vehicle caught fire on its own in a storage facility, raising questions about its lithium-ion battery.
  • They wrecked a university residence, trapping many students inside.
  • Prisoners fled a wrecked jail on the edge of the town.
British Dictionary definitions for wrecked

wrecked

/rɛkt/
adjective
1.
(slang) in a state of intoxication, stupor, or euphoria, induced by drugs or alcohol

wreck

/rɛk/
verb
1.
to involve in or suffer disaster or destruction
2.
(transitive) to cause the wreck of (a ship)
noun
3.
  1. the accidental destruction of a ship at sea
  2. the ship so destroyed
4.
(maritime law) goods cast ashore from a wrecked vessel
5.
a person or thing that has suffered ruin or dilapidation
6.
the remains of something that has been destroyed
7.
(old-fashioned) the act of wrecking or the state of being wrecked; ruin or destruction
Word Origin
C13: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rek. See wrack², wreak
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Word Origin and History for wrecked

wreck

n.

early 13c., "goods cast ashore after a shipwreck, flotsam," from Anglo-French wrec, from Old Norse *wrek (cf. Norwegian, Icelandic rek) "wreck, flotsam," related to reka "to drive, push" (see wreak). The meaning "a shipwreck" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "a wrecked ship" is from c.1500. General sense of "remains of anything that has been ruined" is recorded from 1713; applied by 1795 to dissipated persons.

v.

"to destroy, ruin," c.1500, from wreck (n.). Related: Wrecked; wrecking. Earlier (12c.) it meant "drive out or away, remove;" also "take vengeance."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wrecked

wrecked

adjective

Intoxicated with or addicted to narcotics (1960s+ Narcotics)


wreck

noun
  1. An old car or other vehicle; heap, jalopy (1930s+)
  2. An exhausted or dissipated person; a human ruin: He's pretty smart, but physically a wreck (1795+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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