Origin of hurt

1150–1200; (v.) Middle English hurten, hirten, herten to injure, damage, stumble, knock together, apparently < Old French hurter to knock (against), oppose (compare French heurter, orig. dial.), probably a verbal derivative of Frankish *hûrt ram, cognate with Old Norse hrūtr; (noun) Middle English < Old French, derivative of the v.

SYNONYMS FOR hurt

3 mar, impair.
6 ache.
10 See injury.
12 cut, slight.

Related forms

hurt·a·ble, adjectivehurt·er, nounun·hurt, adjectiveun·hurt·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hurt (1 of 2)

hurt

1
/ (hɜːt) /

verb hurts, hurting or hurt


noun

adjective

injured or pained physically or emotionallya hurt knee; a hurt look

Derived Forms

hurter, noun

Word Origin for hurt

C12 hurten to hit, from Old French hurter to knock against, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse hrūtr ram, Middle High German hurt a collision

British Dictionary definitions for hurt (2 of 2)

hurt

2

whort (hwɜːt)

/ (hɜːt) /

noun

Southern English dialect another name for whortleberry

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Idioms and Phrases with hurt

hurt

see not hurt a fly.


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