- 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 for hurt on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for hurt
The offices were firebombed in 2011; no one was hurt but a permanent police car was subsequently stationed outside.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
In 2012, as a 10th grader, Lean says he recorded his first legitimate song, “Hurt.”The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
The “crying” incident is thought to have hurt Muskie in the primary--which he won handily, but with under 50 percent of the vote.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Even the best of us can hurt the people who come to us for care when we forget that our foremost obligation is to them.Why So Many Surgeons Are Psychos
December 17, 2014
To hurt them at their safe haven and homes—such an attack is perfect revenge.Taliban: We Slaughtered 100+ Kids Because Their Parents Helped America
December 16, 2014
Oh, I see—and of course you'd like your revenge—carrying me off from him just to hurt him.
I was so disappointed and hurt and heartsick, and he kissed me and soothed me.
But you thought the girl had cut loose from you, and it hurt you.Way of the Lawless
I don't wish to hurt you, but I must be perfectly honest with myself and with you.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The woman was not at all of a bad sort, only her dignity was hurt.Weighed and Wanting
- 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 hurt
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 hurt
see not hurt a fly.