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reckless (ˈrɛklɪs Pronunciation for reckless



  1. having or showing no regard for danger or consequences; heedless; rash   ⇒ a reckless driver, a reckless attempt

Derived Forms

ˈrecklessly adverb
ˈrecklessness noun

Word Origin

Old English recceleās (see reck, -less); related to Middle Dutch roekeloos, Old High German ruahhalōs

Translations for 'reckless'

  • British English: reckless If you say that someone is reckless, you mean that they act in a way which shows that they do not care about danger or the effect their behaviour will have on other people. ADJECTIVEHe is charged with reckless driving.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: irresponsável
  • Chinese: 鲁莽的
  • European Spanish: imprudente
  • French: dangereux dangereuse
  • German: rücksichtslos
  • Italian: spericolato spericolata
  • Japanese: 無謀な
  • Korean: 무모한
  • Portuguese: irresponsável
  • Spanish: imprudente

Example Sentences Including 'reckless'

She pushed him to do things which were at first exciting and then became increasingly more reckless.
Then they all took a deep breath and dived into the music with the reckless abandon of kids bombing a swimming pool.
West, Charles Stage Fright
Zanna's Africa was a corrupt and dangerous playground which had turned Austen into a reckless adventurer who believed he was indestructible.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)


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