Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that wrecks or destroys: a wrecker of dreams.
  • n. One who is in the business of demolishing old buildings.
  • n. One who dismantles cars for salvage.
  • n. A person, vehicle, or piece of equipment employed in recovering or removing wrecks, especially a truck with a hoist and towing apparatus used in towing disabled or wrecked vehicles.
  • n. One that salvages wrecked cargo or parts.
  • n. One who lures a vessel to destruction, as by a display of lights on a rocky coastline, in order to plunder it.
  • n. A plunderer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or company that dismantles old or wrecked vehicles or other items, to reclaim useful parts. (Australia)
  • n. One who breaks up situations, events - (home wrecker, marriage wrecker, party wrecker)
  • n. A tow truck.
  • n. A mooncusser.
  • n. In the Soviet Union, someone accused of the formal charge of wrecking, that is, undermining the state in intangible ways.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who causes a wreck, as by false lights, and the like.
  • n. One who searches fro, or works upon, the wrecks of vessels, etc. Specifically: (a) One who visits a wreck for the purpose of plunder. (b) One who is employed in saving property or lives from a wrecked vessel, or in saving the vessel.
  • n. A vessel employed by wreckers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose business it is to tear down buildings preparatory to the erection of new ones on their sites.
  • n. A person who purposely causes a wreck or wreck-age of any kind, or a person who commits depredation upon such wreckage.
  • n. One who causes the wreck or ruin of anything; one who lays snares or uses artful or dishonest means to cause physical, financial, or moral wreckage: as, a train wrecker (on a railroad); a bank- wrecker; the wrecker of another's character.
  • n. A person employed in recovering wrecked or disabled vessels, or cargo and other property from such vessels, on account of the owners, underwriters, or other persons legitimately concerned; also, a vessel employed in this service.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who demolishes or dismantles buildings as a job
  • n. someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks
  • n. a truck equipped to hoist and pull wrecked cars (or to remove cars from no-parking zones)

Etymologies

derived from the verb to wreck - one who wrecks. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • During Stalin's reign the term wrecker and the crime of wrecking were concocted.

    The Great Disconnect

  • She called a wrecker and had the car towed to a neighborhood garage, where two tires were replaced and a battery installed.

    Denver

  • Then I called a wrecker service and had Klaus’s Cadillac towed to a garage 110 miles away in Lake Charles, told a fertilizer company to spread a dump-truck-load of fresh cow manure on his lawn, informed the parish health office he had AIDS disease, ran an ad with his phone number in a newspaper for sexual degenerates.

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • Italo decided not to call a wrecker till he reached me, about an hour on a 90-degree day.

    Peter Gorman: Car Trouble Took My Daughter A Step Closer To The Real World

  • The spilled cargo from the wreck (hence the name wrecker) is then seized as reparations for past injustice.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Once we got confirmation the vehicle was stolen, we then called a wrecker company to tow the vehicle for impound.

    Confederacy of Silence

  • This place was called the wrecker's reef, and was covered at high water, but when the tide was low, Isabel and the others often went there to get shells.

    Isabel Leicester A Romance by Maude Alma

  • When she was wrecked some of them had taken to their boats and had left some of their people and property on a key, in the same manner as we had done; and were going, like us, to New Providence in quest of a ship, when they met with this little sloop, called a wrecker; their employment in those seas being to look after wrecks.

    The Life of Olaudah Equiano Or Gustavus Vassa The African

  • Monday after he reportedly became enraged and assaulted officers when police called a wrecker to tow his vehicle.

    thenewsstar.com - Sports

  • The officer called a wrecker and identified the two University of North Texas students, in case there was damage to underground fiber-optic lines, according to a police report.

    DentonRC.com Local News

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