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From Middle Low German wrak, probably from Old Saxon *wrak, derived from wrekan, from Proto-West Germanic *wrekan, from Proto-Germanic *wrekaną, whence also German rächen and English wreak. Cognate with Dutch wrak, English wrack, wreck, and Scandinavian vrak (from Low German).


  • IPA(key): /vʁak/
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  • Rhymes: -ak


Wrack n (genitive Wracks or Wrackes, plural Wracks or Wracke)

  1. wreck (damaged remains of a ship, airplane, etc.)
    Das Wrack des Schiffs wurde mit Spezialkränen geborgen.
    The wreck of the ship was recovered with specialized cranes.
  2. wreck (physically and/or mentally unstable person)
    Während meiner Grippe war ich ein Wrack.
    During my flu, I was a wreck.
    Nach zwanzig Jahren Saufen war er ein Wrack.
    After twenty years of hard drinking, he was a wreck.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The normal plural is Wracks. The form Wracke is rare.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Wrack” in Duden online