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

  • n. An injury, especially one in which the skin or another external surface is torn, pierced, cut, or otherwise broken.
  • n. An injury to the feelings.
  • transitive v. To inflict wounds or a wound on.
  • intransitive v. To inflict wounds or a wound: harsh criticism that wounds.
  • v. Past tense and past participle of wind2.
  • v. Music A past tense and a past participle of wind3.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An injury, such as a cut, stab, or tear, to a (usually external) part of the body.
  • n. A hurt to a person's feelings.
  • n. An injury to a person by which the skin is divided or its continuity broken.
  • v. To hurt or injure (someone) by cutting, piercing, or tearing the skin.
  • v. To hurt (a person's feelings).
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of wind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of wind to twist, and wind to sound by blowing.
  • n. A hurt or injury caused by violence; specifically, a breach of the skin and flesh of an animal, or in the substance of any creature or living thing; a cut, stab, rent, or the like.
  • n. Fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to feeling, faculty, reputation, etc.
  • n. An injury to the person by which the skin is divided, or its continuity broken; a lesion of the body, involving some solution of continuity.
  • transitive v. To hurt by violence; to produce a breach, or separation of parts, in, as by a cut, stab, blow, or the like.
  • transitive v. To hurt the feelings of; to pain by disrespect, ingratitude, or the like; to cause injury to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hurt by violence; cut, slash, or lacerate; injure; damage: as, to wound the head or the arm; to wound a tree.
  • Figuratively, to cause injury or harm to; specifically, of persons, to hurt the feelings of; pain.
  • To inflict hurt or injury, either physically or morally.
  • Preterit and past participle of wind.
  • n. In surgery, a solution of continuity of any of the tissues of the body, involving also the skin or mucous membrane of the part, caused by some external agent, and not the result of disease.
  • n. In medical jurisprudence, any lesion of the body resulting from external violence, whether accompanied or not by rupture of the skin or mucous membrane—thus differing from the meaning of the word when used in surgery.
  • n. A breach or hurt of the bark and wood of a tree, or of the bark and substance of other plants.
  • n. Figuratively, injury; hurt; harm: as, a wound given to credit or reputation, feelings, etc.: often specifically applied in literature to the pangs of love.
  • n. Plague.
  • n. In heraldry, a roundel purpure.

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

  • n. a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
  • n. the act of inflicting a wound
  • v. hurt the feelings of
  • n. an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
  • n. a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
  • adj. put in a coil
  • v. cause injuries or bodily harm to


Middle English, from Old English wund.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Noun from Old English wund, from Proto-Germanic *wundō. Verb from Old English wundian, from Proto-Germanic *wundōnan. Indoeuropean cognates include Albanian unë ("piece of a broken pot, splinter"). (Wiktionary)
See wind (Etymology 2) (Wiktionary)



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