- to cause bodily injury to; injure: He was badly hurt in the accident.
- to cause bodily pain to or in: The wound still hurts him.
- to damage or decrease the efficiency of (a material object) by striking, rough use, improper care, etc.: Moths can't hurt this suit because it's mothproof. Dirty oil can hurt a car's engine.
- to affect adversely; harm: to hurt one's reputation; It wouldn't hurt the lawn if you watered it more often.
- to cause mental pain to; offend or grieve: She hurt his feelings by not asking him to the party.
- to feel or suffer bodily or mental pain or distress: My back still hurts.
- to cause bodily or mental pain or distress: The blow to his pride hurt most.
- to cause injury, damage, or harm.
- to suffer want or need.
- a blow that inflicts a wound; bodily injury or the cause of such injury.
- injury, damage, or harm.
- the cause of mental pain or offense, as an insult.
- Heraldry. a rounded azure.
- physically injured: The hurt child was taken to the hospital.
- offended; unfavorably affected: hurt pride.
- suggesting that one has been offended or is suffering in mind: Take that hurt look off your face!
- damaged: hurt merchandise.
Origin of hurt
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for hurting
That kind of compassion might go a long way toward helping us begin to respond to a hurting world.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
“Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” the elder Brown had said last week in a public-service video.Darren Wilson Wasn’t Indicted—the System Was
November 25, 2014
So you know that a bunch of political people say, ‘Well, it is not deep enough, and some people are hurting.’Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to Democrats: Grow a Pair
November 19, 2014
This can be associated with the idea of the dead as tricking those and hurting those who have hurt them.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
Her brother Mulbah Sirleaf said Dedee could not be there to greet her child because her “heart was hurting.”‘Her Survival Was a Miracle’: The 6-Year-Old Who Beat Ebola
Wade C.L. Williams
October 23, 2014
So the poor brothers are to be left for fear of hurting the rich ones?Weighed and Wanting
He had a strange pleasure in hurting the feelings of others.Night and Morning, Complete
Suddenly I relaxed my hold, for I was afraid of hurting her now.The Harbor
The strength of his fingers was hurting me: he hoped I would wince.
Was it impossible for her to realise that she was hurting him?Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- to cause physical pain to (someone or something)
- to cause emotional pain or distress to (someone)
- to produce a painful sensation in (someone)the bruise hurts
- (intr) informal to feel pain
- physical, moral, or mental pain or suffering
- a wound, cut, or sore
- damage or injury; harm
- injured or pained physically or emotionallya hurt knee; a hurt look
- Southern English dialect another name for whortleberry
Word Origin and History for hurting
1680s, "causing hurt," from present participle of hurt (v.). Reflexive sense of "suffering, feeling pain" recorded by 1944.
c.1200, "to injure, wound" (the body, feelings, reputation, etc.), also "to stumble (into), bump into; charge against, rush, crash into; knock (things) together," from Old French hurter "to ram, strike, collide," perhaps from Frankish *hurt "ram" (cf. Middle High German hurten "run at, collide," Old Norse hrutr "ram"). The English usage is as old as the French, and perhaps there was a native Old English *hyrtan, but it has not been recorded. Meaning "to be a source of pain" (of a body part) is from 1850. To hurt (one's) feelings attested by 1779. Sense of "knock" died out 17c., but cf. hurtle. Other Germanic languages tend to use their form of English scathe in this sense (cf. Danish skade, Swedish skada, German schaden, Dutch schaden).
c.1200, "a wound, an injury;" also "sorrow, lovesickness," from hurt (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with hurting
see not hurt a fly.