wreck Definition

  • 1the remains of something that has been badly damaged or destroyed
  • 2a ship that has sunk or run aground
  • 3a person who is very drunk

Using wreck: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "wreck" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The car was a total wreck after the accident.

  • Example

    The shipwreck was discovered by divers off the coast.

  • Example

    He was a complete wreck after drinking all night.

wreck Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for wreck

Idioms Using wreck

  • to ruin or destroy something


    He made a wreck of his marriage by cheating on his wife.

  • someone who is in a very bad physical or emotional state


    After the divorce, he was a wreck of a person.

  • a place that is in a very bad condition


    The abandoned factory was a wreck of a place.

Phrases with wreck

  • a chaotic or disastrous situation


    The project was a train wreck from the beginning.

  • having suffered a shipwreck


    The sailors were shipwrecked on a deserted island.

  • a car accident


    The highway was closed due to a car wreck.


Summary: wreck in Brief

The term 'wreck' [rek] refers to the remains of something that has been badly damaged or destroyed. It can also refer to a sunken or stranded ship, or a person who is very drunk. The phrase 'train wreck' denotes a chaotic or disastrous situation, while 'make a wreck of something' means to ruin or destroy it. 'Wreck of a person' describes someone in a very bad physical or emotional state.

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