• From Middle English wrake, wrache, wreche, from a merger of Old English wracu, wræc and Old English wrǣċ ("vengeance, revenge"). See also wrake.
  • Late Middle English, from Middle Dutch wrak, ultimately related to Proto-Germanic *wrekaną, the source of wreak and wreck. vraic.
  • Cognate with German Wrack, Old Norse rek, Danish vrag, Swedish vrak, Old English wræc); also compare Gothic 𐍅𐍂𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽, 𐍅𐍂𐌰𐌺𐌾𐌰𐌽, Old Norse reka ("drive").

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