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verb (used with object), hurt, hurt·ing.
  1. to cause bodily injury to; injure: He was badly hurt in the accident.
  2. to cause bodily pain to or in: The wound still hurts him.
  3. 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.
  4. to affect adversely; harm: to hurt one's reputation; It wouldn't hurt the lawn if you watered it more often.
  5. to cause mental pain to; offend or grieve: She hurt his feelings by not asking him to the party.
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verb (used without object), hurt, hurt·ing.
  1. to feel or suffer bodily or mental pain or distress: My back still hurts.
  2. to cause bodily or mental pain or distress: The blow to his pride hurt most.
  3. to cause injury, damage, or harm.
  4. to suffer want or need.
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  1. a blow that inflicts a wound; bodily injury or the cause of such injury.
  2. injury, damage, or harm.
  3. the cause of mental pain or offense, as an insult.
  4. Heraldry. a rounded azure.
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  1. physically injured: The hurt child was taken to the hospital.
  2. offended; unfavorably affected: hurt pride.
  3. suggesting that one has been offended or is suffering in mind: Take that hurt look off your face!
  4. damaged: hurt merchandise.
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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


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

Historical Examples

  • Hurter characterizes him as in morum doctrina versatissimus.

    A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4

    Henry Charles Lea

  • Hurter classifies as the most important the "Denkmale der christlichen Glauben-und Sittenlehre."

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • Hurter died, as we have stated, in the latter part of August, and La Moricire in the early part of the following month.

  • In the cautious words of Hurter he was "almost the prince of moralists of our times."

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for hurter


  1. an object or part that gives protection, such as a concrete block that protects a building from traffic or the shoulder of an axle against which the hub strikes
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Word Origin

C14 hurtour, from Old French hurtoir something that knocks or strikes, from hurter to hurt 1


verb hurts, hurting or hurt
  1. to cause physical pain to (someone or something)
  2. to cause emotional pain or distress to (someone)
  3. to produce a painful sensation in (someone)the bruise hurts
  4. (intr) informal to feel pain
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  1. physical, moral, or mental pain or suffering
  2. a wound, cut, or sore
  3. damage or injury; harm
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  1. injured or pained physically or emotionallya hurt knee; a hurt look
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Derived Formshurter, noun

Word Origin

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


whort (hwɜːt)

  1. Southern English dialect another name for whortleberry
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Word Origin and History for hurter



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).

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

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Idioms and Phrases with hurter


see not hurt a fly.

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