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.
Related formshurt·a·ble, adjectivehurt·er, nounun·hurt, adjectiveun·hurt·ing, adjective

Synonyms for hurt

3. mar, impair. 5. afflict, wound. 6. ache. 10. See injury. 12. cut, slight.
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Examples from the Web for hurt

Contemporary Examples of hurt

Historical Examples of hurt

  • Oh, I see—and of course you'd like your revenge—carrying me off from him just to hurt him.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I was so disappointed and hurt and heartsick, and he kissed me and soothed me.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But you thought the girl had cut loose from you, and it hurt you.

  • I don't wish to hurt you, but I must be perfectly honest with myself and with you.

  • The woman was not at all of a bad sort, only her dignity was hurt.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for hurt

hurt

1

verb hurts, hurting or hurt

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

noun

physical, moral, or mental pain or suffering
a wound, cut, or sore
damage or injury; harm

adjective

injured or pained physically or emotionallya hurt knee; a hurt look
Derived Formshurter, 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

hurt

2

whort (hwɜːt)

noun

Southern English dialect another name for whortleberry
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Word Origin and History for hurt
v.

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).

n.

c.1200, "a wound, an injury;" also "sorrow, lovesickness," from hurt (v.).

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Idioms and Phrases with hurt

hurt

see not hurt a fly.

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