One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object, with negative or in questions Pay heed to something.‘ye reck not of lands or goods’with clause ‘little recking where she was wandering’with object ‘he recks not Syria, recks not Britain’
- ‘‘Why do men then now not reck his rod?’ What a tremendous line, a savage indictment of humanity's colossal ignorance.’
- 1.1it recks It is of importance.‘what recks it?’
- ‘‘It recks not now, when all is over’.’
Old English, of Germanic origin; compare with reckless. The word became common in rhetorical and poetic language in the 19th century.
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