GC: n

S: (last access: 9 October 2015); (last access: 31 January 2014).

N: 1. mid-15c., from ship (n.) + wreck (n.). Earlier it meant “things cast up from a shipwreck” (c. 1100). The earlier word for “shipwreck” in the modern sense was Middle English schipbreke, “‘ship-break,'” from a North Sea Germanic word; compare West Frisian skipbrek, Middle Dutch schipbroke, German Schiffbruch, Old English scipgebroc. Old English scipbryce meant “right to claim goods from a wrecked ship.”
2. A ship lost completely at sea because of a storm or accident in collision, sinking, running ashore or on rocks, hitting hard or pointed submerged objects.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 9 October 2015). 2. TERMIUM PLUS (last access: 9 October 2015).


CR: wreck