Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cause physical damage or pain to (an individual or a body part); injure.
  • intransitive verb To experience injury or pain to or in (an individual or a body part).
  • intransitive verb To cause mental or emotional suffering to; distress.
  • intransitive verb To cause physical damage to (something); harm.
  • intransitive verb To be detrimental to; hinder or impair.
  • intransitive verb To have or produce a feeling of physical pain or discomfort.
  • intransitive verb To cause distress or damage.
  • intransitive verb To have an adverse effect.
  • intransitive verb Informal To experience distress, especially of a financial kind; be in need.
  • noun Something that hurts; a pain, injury, or wound.
  • noun Mental suffering; anguish.
  • noun A wrong; harm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An injury, especially one that gives physical or mental pain, as a wound, bruise, insult, etc.; in general, damage; impairment; detriment; harm.
  • noun Synonyms Harm, Mischief, etc. See injury.
  • To knock, hit, or dash against, so as to wound or pain; inflict suffering upon.
  • To give mental pain to; wound or injure in mind or feelings; grieve; distress.
  • In general, to do harm or mischief to; affect injuriously; endamage.
  • To cause injury, harm, or pain of any kind, mental or physical.
  • To rush with violence.
  • noun The huckleberry, particularly Vaccinium Myrtillus.
  • noun In heraldry, a roundel azure, representing the huckleberry.
  • noun Contracted third person singular indicative present for hurteth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A band on a trip-hammer helve, bearing the trunnions.
  • noun A husk. See husk, 2.
  • transitive verb To cause physical pain to; to do bodily harm to; to wound or bruise painfully.
  • transitive verb To impar the value, usefulness, beauty, or pleasure of; to damage; to injure; to harm.
  • transitive verb To wound the feelings of; to cause mental pain to; to offend in honor or self-respect; to annoy; to grieve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To be painful.
  • verb transitive To cause (a creature) physical pain and/or injury.
  • verb transitive To cause (somebody) emotional pain.
  • verb transitive To undermine, impede, or damage.
  • adjective Wounded, physically injured.
  • adjective Pained.
  • noun An emotional or psychological hurt (humiliation or bad experience)
  • noun archaic A wound or pain.
  • noun heraldry A roundel azure (blue circular spot).

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

  • verb cause emotional anguish or make miserable
  • adjective damaged inanimate objects or their value
  • verb give trouble or pain to
  • adjective suffering from physical injury especially that suffered in battle
  • noun psychological suffering
  • noun feelings of mental or physical pain
  • noun the act of damaging something or someone
  • verb feel pain or be in pain
  • verb be the source of pain
  • noun a damage or loss
  • verb feel physical pain
  • noun any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English hurten, possibly from Old French hurter, to bang into, perhaps of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English hurten, hirten, hertan ("to injure, scathe, knock together"), probably from Anglo-Norman hurter ("to ram into, strike, collide with") (compare French heurter ("to knock against, oppose")), ultimately from Old Norse hrútr ("ram (male sheep)"), lengthened-grade variant of hjǫrtr ("stag"), from Proto-Germanic *herutuz, *herutaz (“hart, male deer”). More at hart. Old French also gave Middle High German hurten and Dutch horten.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel.

    October 9, 2007