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wrecker Syllabification: wreck·er
Pronunciation: /ˈrekər/

Definition of wrecker in English:


1A person or thing that wrecks, damages, or destroys something: [in combination]: she was unfairly portrayed as a marriage wrecker
More example sentences
  • Not all holiday indulgences are diet-wreckers.
  • Suddenly I was being portrayed as someone I didn't recognise - a heartless, predatory marriage-wrecker.
  • It illustrates the lengths to which peace-wreckers, and men of violence, are prepared to go to to scupper hopes of harmony and disturb political stability.
1.1chiefly North American A person who breaks up damaged vehicles, demolishes old buildings, salvages wrecked ships, etc., to obtain usable spares or scrap.
Example sentences
  • At the end of the day, have the wreckers remove the vehicles to a holding facility, where they are then collected after payment of the fines and wrecking fee.
  • New South Wales is the only state where wreckers have to account from where they got their parts.
  • There is the odd door way that the wreckers left standing, but the original shikumen houses were demolished to provide space to build.
1.2chiefly historical A person on the shore who tries to bring about a shipwreck in order to profit from the wreckage.
Example sentences
  • Quoyle learns about his ancestors, who were pirates and wreckers, gets a job as a reporter on the local rag and meets Wavey Prowse who teaches the children at the school.
  • So many ships have foundered along this coast, driven onto its reefs by storms or lured there by wreckers ' lights, that pieces from Spanish galleons still wash up with the tide.
  • This also allows her to examine those peculiarities of current and shoreline that make stretches of water like the Pentland Firth such rich pickings for local wreckers.
2North American A tow truck.
Example sentences
  • Maneuvering a heavy, expanded-mobility tactical truck wrecker into position often was a challenge in the crowded streets of an urban environment.
  • The armored box could be lifted by a 5-ton wrecker or a 10,000-pound forklift, so it could be moved from one vehicle to another in case the vehicle it was mounted on became not mission capable.
  • In the event a fuel truck broke down, one of the empty fuel trucks could transfer the fuel, and a HEMTT or a 10-ton wrecker could then recover the broken fueller.

Words that rhyme with wrecker

Becker, checker, Cheka, chequer, Dekker, exchequer, Flecker, mecca, Neckar, Necker, Quebecker, Rebecca, Rijeka, trekker, weka

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