reck

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English recken, rekken, reken, from Old English rēccan, rēcan, from Proto-Germanic *rōkijaną (to care, take care), from Proto-Indo-European *rēǵ-, *rēg- (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).

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reck (third-person singular simple present recks, present participle recking, simple past and past participle recked)

  1. (transitive) To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard; consider.
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      this son of mine not recking danger
    • Burns
      And may you better reck the rede / Than ever did the adviser.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", Act 1, Scene 3:
      Ophelia:
      Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
      Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
      Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
      Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
      And recks not his own rede.
    • 1835, William Gilmore Simms, The Partisan, Harper, Chapter XI, page 136:
      She recks not now, as of old, whether her word carries with it the sting or the sweet—it is not now in her thought to ask whether pain or pleasure follows the thoughtless slight or the scornful pleasantry. The victim suffers, but she recks not of his grief.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13
      Little recked he perhaps for what she felt, that dull aching void in her heart sometimes, piercing to the core.
  2. (intransitive) To care; to matter.
    • 1822, John E. Hall (ed.), The Port Folio, vol. XIV
      Little thou reck'st[2] of this sad store!
      Would thou might never reck[1] them more!
    • 1900, Ernest Dowson, Villanelle of Marguerite's, lines 10-11
      She knows us not, nor recks if she enthrall
      With voice and eyes and fashion of her hair []
  3. To concern, to be important
    It recks not!
    • Milton
      What recks it them?
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To think.

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