hurtful

[ hurt-fuhl ]
/ ˈhɜrt fəl /

adjective

causing hurt or injury; injurious; harmful.

Nearby words

  1. hurstmonceux,
  2. hurston,
  3. hurston, zora neale,
  4. hurt,
  5. hurter,
  6. hurtfully,
  7. hurting,
  8. hurtle,
  9. hurtleberry,
  10. hurtless

Origin of hurtful

First recorded in 1520–30; hurt + -ful

Related formshurt·ful·ly, adverbhurt·ful·ness, nounun·hurt·ful, adjectiveun·hurt·ful·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for hurtful

hurtful

/ (ˈhɜːtfʊl) /

adjective

causing distress or injuryto say hurtful things
Derived Formshurtfully, adverbhurtfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for hurtful

hurtful

adj.

"harmful," mid-15c., from hurt (n.) + -ful. Related: Hurtfully; hurtfulness.

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