From Middle English schip-wracke, from Old English scipwræc (“jetsam”), equivalent to ship + wrack. Cognate with Scots schip-wrak (“to shipwreck”, verb), Swedish skeppsvrak (“shipwreck”). Modern spelling is due to influence from wreck.
shipwreck (countable and uncountable, plural shipwrecks)
- A ship that has sunk or run aground so that it is no longer seaworthy.
- An event where a ship sinks or runs aground.
- (figuratively) destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss
shipwreck (third-person singular simple present shipwrecks, present participle shipwrecking, simple past and past participle shipwrecked)
- To wreck a boat through a collision or mishap.