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 unhurt

Contemporary Examples of unhurt

Historical Examples of unhurt

  • It was easy for him unhurt to think what he would do if he were hurt.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He dropped on to his feet, fell to the ground, then rose again, unhurt.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Unhurt, sir, and so are Warner and Pennington, who are lying here beside me.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • But wherever her duty calls, she may proceed fearless and unhurt.


    William Godwin

  • Restore her safe and unhurt to these longing, faithful arms!


    William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for unhurt



not having sustained any injury



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


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
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



whort (hwɜːt)


Southern English dialect another name for whortleberry
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Word Origin and History for unhurt



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.).

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Idioms and Phrases with unhurt


see not hurt a fly.

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