- injury or harm that reduces value or usefulness: The storm did considerable damage to the crops.
- damages, Law. the estimated money equivalent for detriment or injury sustained.
- Often damages. Informal. cost; expense; charge: What are the damages for the lubrication job on my car?
- to cause damage to; injure or harm; reduce the value or usefulness of: He damaged the saw on a nail.
- to become damaged: Soft wood damages easily.
Origin of damage
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsinjured, impaired, run-down, flawed, gone, shot, bent, hurt, down, spoiled, flubbed, snafued, sunk, busted, blemished, dinged, marred, totaled, imperfect, kaput
Examples from the Web for damaged
Politico has reported that some Republican donors see Scalise as damaged goods.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
That night, a crowd of 300 gathered at the scene, and violence broke out: gunshots echoed and police vehicles were damaged.The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown
November 25, 2014
There was a fear growing inside of me that my imperfect bruised college experience was a reflection of my own damaged self.Freshman Year Sucks—and That’s OK
November 12, 2014
They are needed, he says, because a lot of the medical gear and medicines the U.S. dropped Sunday night was damaged.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long?
October 20, 2014
His vessel, named “Never Give Up,” was damaged during transportation.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
No grains are crushed or damaged by the feet or shovels of workmen.
You might overlook the most important part of my paraphernalia; and really I am not damaged.Her Father's Daughter
That rod broke, and in breaking it damaged other parts of the machinery.A Woman Intervenes
Separators which have been in service are liable to be damaged by handling.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Well, if they didn't hurt you much they damaged you considerably.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
- injury or harm impairing the function or condition of a person or thing
- loss of something desirable
- informal cost; expense (esp in the phrase what's the damage?)
- (tr) to cause damage to
- (intr) to suffer damage
Word Origin and History for damaged
early 14c., from Old French damagier, from damage (see damage (n.)). Related: Damaged; damaging.
late 13c., from Old French damage (12c., Modern French dommage) "loss caused by injury," from dam "damage," from Latin damnum "loss, hurt, damage" (see damn).
Idioms and Phrases with damaged
In addition to the idioms beginning with damage
- damage control
- damaged goods
- do one wrong (damage)
- the damage