What does reckless mean?

Definitions for reckless
ˈrɛk lɪsreck·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foolhardy, heady, rash, recklessadjective

    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

    "foolhardy enough to try to seize the gun from the hijacker"; "became the fiercest and most reckless of partisans"-Macaulay; "a reckless driver"; "a rash attempt to climb Mount Everest"

  2. heedless, recklessadjective

    characterized by careless unconcern

    "the heedless generosity and the spasmodic extravagance of persons used to large fortunes"- Edith Wharton; "reckless squandering of public funds"


  1. recklessadjective

    careless or heedless; headstrong or rash

  2. recklessadjective

    indifferent to danger or the consequences

  3. Etymology: From rekles, reckeles, from receleas, equivalent to. Cognate with roekeloos, ruchlos.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recklessadjective

    Careless; heedless; mindless; untouched. See RECK.

    Etymology: from reck; recceleas , Saxon.

    It made the king as reckless, as them diligent. Philip Sidney.

    I’ll after, more to be reveng’d of Eglamour
    Than for the love of reckless Silvia. William Shakespeare.

    He apprehends death no more dreadfully, but as a drunken sleep; careless, reckless, and fearless of what’s past, present or to come; insensible of mortality and desperately mortal. Sha.

    Next this was drawn the reckless cities flame,
    When a strange hell pour’d down from heaven there came. Abraham Cowley.


  1. Reckless

    Reckless is a song written by Michael Clark and Jeff Stevens, and recorded by American country music group Alabama. It was released in August 1993 as the first single from their album, Cheap Seats. The song was their final number one the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart until June 2011, when they reached the number one position again with a guest vocal on Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama".


  1. reckless

    Reckless refers to a lack of concern or thought about the possible negative consequences of one’s actions, displaying a disregard for safety or caution. It often suggests a willingness to take significant risks, often unnecessarily or without proper consideration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recklessadjective

    inattentive to duty; careless; neglectful; indifferent

  2. Recklessadjective

    rashly negligent; utterly careless or heedless


  1. Reckless

    Reckless is the fourth studio album by the Canadian rock artist Bryan Adams. Co-produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain, it was one of Adams' most successful albums. Released on November 5, 1984 through A&M Records, the album was a huge international hit, selling over 5 million units in the United States alone. It was the first Canadian album to sell more than one million units within Canada. The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and reached high positions in charts worldwide. The album has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. Six singles were released from the album: "Run to You", "Somebody", "Heaven", "Summer of '69", "One Night Love Affair", and "It's Only Love". All six singles made the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, a feat that at the time had been accomplished previously only by Michael Jackson's Thriller. The album was ranked No. 49 on Kerrang!'s "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time" and was named the #12 Greatest Canadian Album of All Time by Bob Mersereau in his book The Top 100 Canadian Albums. The album was recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada. On December 12, 2009 the syndicated radio program In the Studio celebrated the 25th anniversary of the album.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reckless in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reckless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of reckless in a Sentence

  1. Craig McKenzie:

    The only ammunition against reckless discouragement is relentless devotion.

  2. Chris Hemsworth:

    I've watched Liam do things I did at his age, like being in relationships he shouldn't be in, or being reckless just to prove a point.

  3. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.:

    Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, And don't put up with people that are reckless with yours.

  4. The Dhammapada:

    He who formerly was reckless and afterwards became sober brightens up this world like the moon when freed from clouds.

  5. William Fullbright:

    The junior senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges, has so preyed upon the fears and hatreds and prejudices of the American people that he has started a prairie fire which neither he nor anyone else may be able to control.

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  • متهورArabic
  • temerari, temerària, imprudentCatalan, Valencian
  • bezstarostný, bezohledný, lehkomyslnýCzech
  • letsindig, skødesløs, ubetænksomDanish
  • waghalsig, rücksichtslos, verwegenGerman
  • απερίσκεπτοςGreek
  • malzorgemaEsperanto
  • temerario, imprudenteSpanish
  • huima, harkitsematon, holtiton, huimapäinen, yltiöpäinen, rämäpäinen, uhkarohkea, hurjapäinenFinnish
  • insouciant, irresponsable, téméraireFrench
  • meargánta, ráscánta, neamhchúramachIrish
  • comaScottish Gaelic
  • vakmerőHungarian
  • անշրջահայաց, անհոգ, անխոհեմ, թեթեւամիտ, անպատասխանատու, անփույթArmenian
  • sembrono, gegabahIndonesian
  • avventatoItalian
  • פזיזHebrew
  • 無謀, 無知Japanese
  • មិនប្រយ័ត្នប្រយែង, ដែលមិនប្រយ័ត្នKhmer
  • pokerenoa, tōtōāMāori
  • roekeloosDutch
  • lekkomyślnyPolish
  • imprudente, temerárioPortuguese
  • безрассудный, безумный, бесшабашный, легкомысленный, беспечный, безответственный, опрометчивыйRussian
  • lättsinnig, obetänksam, vårdslösSwedish
  • บ้าบิ่นThai
  • pervasız, kayıtsız, umursamaz, ihtiyatsız, korkusuzTurkish
  • لاپرواہUrdu
  • liều lĩnhVietnamese

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