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[woond; Older Use and Literary wound] /wund; Older Use and Literary waʊnd/
an injury, usually involving division of tissue or rupture of the integument or mucous membrane, due to external violence or some mechanical agency rather than disease.
a similar injury to the tissue of a plant.
an injury or hurt to feelings, sensibilities, reputation, etc.
verb (used with object)
to inflict a wound upon; injure; hurt.
verb (used without object)
to inflict a wound.
lick one's wounds, to attempt to heal one's injuries or soothe one's hurt feelings after a defeat.
Origin of wound1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English wund; cognate with Old High German wunta (German Wunde), Old Norse und, Gothic wunds; (v.) Middle English wounden, Old English wundian, derivative of the noun
Related forms
woundedly, adverb
woundingly, adverb
1. cut, stab, laceration, lesion, trauma. See injury. 3. insult, pain, anguish. 4. harm, damage; cut, stab, lacerate.


[wound] /waʊnd/
a simple past tense and past participle of wind2. and wind3 . Unabridged
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  • Happily no other harm was done than wounding one mule, and causing several horses to break loose from their pickets.

  • Who is there of mine goes to this war that I should grieve for his wounding or look for his return?

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
  • Truly this Helen, all unconsciously, had not only found the heel of a modern Achilles, but was wounding him sorely.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • The day that you arrived here, you began by wounding the self-esteem of a priest.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • They killed and scalped eight men, wounding and scalping another that recovered.

British Dictionary definitions for wounding


any break in the skin or an organ or part as the result of violence or a surgical incision
an injury to plant tissue
any injury or slight to the feelings or reputation
to inflict a wound or wounds upon (someone or something)
Derived Forms
woundable, adjective
wounder, noun
wounding, adjective
woundingly, adverb
woundless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wund; related to Old Frisian wunde, Old High German wunta (German Wunde), Old Norse und, Gothic wunds


the past tense and past participle of wind2
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Word Origin and History for wounding



Old English wund "hurt, injury," from Proto-Germanic *wundaz (cf. Old Saxon wunda, Old Norse und, Old Frisian wunde, Old High German wunta, German wunde "wound"), perhaps from PIE root *wen- "to beat, wound."


Old English wundian, from the source of wound (n.). Cognate with Old Frisian wundia, Middle Dutch and Dutch wonden, Old High German wunton, German verwunden, Gothic gawundon. Figurative use from c.1200. Related: Wounded; wounding.

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wounding in Medicine

wound (wōōnd)

  1. Injury to a part or tissue of the body, especially one caused by physical trauma and characterized by tearing, cutting, piercing, or breaking of the tissue.

  2. An incision.

wound v.
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Slang definitions & phrases for wounding


adjective phrase

Tense; anxious; on edge: She was a tall, angular woman, tightly wound, with a Nefertiti profile and hands made for scratching (1788+)

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Idioms and Phrases with wounding
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