Definition of reck in English:


Pronunciation /rek/ /rɛk/


no object, with negative or in questions
  • 1archaic Pay heed to something.

    ‘ye reck not of lands or goods’
    • ‘little recking where she was wandering’
    • ‘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. 1.1it recksIt 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.