from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To harm or injure, especially by fire.
- transitive v. To criticize or denounce severely; excoriate.
- n. Harm or injury.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Harm; damage; injury; hurt; misfortune.
- v. To injure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To do harm to; to injure; to damage; to waste; to destroy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To injure; harm; hurt.
- n. Harm; injury; damage; mischief.
- n. Disadvantage; a matter of regret; a pity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of damaging something or someone
Middle English skathen, from Old Norse skadha.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English scathe, from Old English sceaþa (also sceaþu) ("scathe, harm, injury"), from Proto-Germanic *skaþô (“damage, scathe”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kēt- (“damage, harm”). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English scathen, skathen, from Old English sceaþan, scaþan ("to scathe, hurt, harm, injure") and Old Norse skaða ("to hurt"); both from Proto-Germanic *skaþōnan (“to injure”). Cognate with Danish skade, German schaden, Swedish skada; compare Gothic 𐍃𐌺𐌰𐌸𐌾𐌰𐌽 (skaþjan), Old Norse skeðja ("to hurt"). Compare Ancient Greek ἀσκηθής (askēthēs, "unhurt"), Albanian shkathët ("skillful, adept, clever"), Polish skaleczyć ("to hurt, scathe"). (Wiktionary)