English

Definition of wreck noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  1. 1a ship that has sunk or that has been very badly damaged see also shipwreck See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  2. 2a car, plane, etc. that has been very badly damaged in an accident Two passengers are still trapped in the wreck. She was pulled from the burning wreck by firefighters. synonyms at crash See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
  3. 3[usually singular] (informal) a person who is in a bad physical or mental condition Physically, I was a total wreck. The experience left her an emotional wreck. The interview reduced him to a nervous wreck.
  4. 4(informal) a vehicle, building, etc. that is in very bad condition The house was a wreck when we bought it. (figurative) They still hoped to salvage something from the wreck of their marriage. See related entries: How a building looks
  5. 5(North American English) = crash a car/train wreck More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  6. Word Origin Middle English (as a legal term denoting wreckage washed ashore): from Anglo-Norman French wrec, from the base of Old Norse reka ‘to drive’; related to wreak.Extra examples Explosions ripped through the blazing wreck. Heavy seas prevented salvage teams from landing on the wreck. His attempts at damage control are like watching a car wreck. I always turn into a gibbering wreck at interviews. I hadn’t slept for two days, and I felt a complete physical wreck. The campaign is a train wreck waiting to happen. The interview reduced him to a nervous wreck. They are worried about the oil still in the wreck. They’re going to try and raise the wreck from the sea bed. the wreck of the Titanic The wreck occurred at milepost 534, just west of Greenup, Kentucky.
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