- suffering injury or bodily harm, as a laceration or bullet wound: to bandage a wounded hand.
- marred; impaired; damaged: a wounded reputation.
- wounded persons collectively (often preceded by the): to treat the wounded.
Origin of wounded
- an injury, usually involving division of tissue or rupture of the integument or mucous membrane, due to external violence or some mechanical agency rather than disease.
- a similar injury to the tissue of a plant.
- an injury or hurt to feelings, sensibilities, reputation, etc.
- to inflict a wound upon; injure; hurt.
- to inflict a wound.
- lick one's wounds, to attempt to heal one's injuries or soothe one's hurt feelings after a defeat.
Origin of wound1
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Examples from the Web for wounded
The father of the wounded Officer Andrew Dossi sums it up perfectly.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Father José Julián was shot and wounded driving in a car through the sierra of Ajuchitán.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Gunfire was exchanged and Sam, who was unarmed, was wounded.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
He had shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend early that morning in Baltimore and headed for his native Brooklyn.Two Cops ‘Assassinated’ in Brooklyn
December 21, 2014
The same could not be said for the 100,000 Wehrmacht troops killed, wounded, or captured.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
Ash-Can Sam was wounded—not so much in body as in pugilistic pride.A Night Out
I am haunted by the thought that my car may break down when I have a load of wounded.
One of our chaps, taking in a load of wounded, was chased and pelted the other day.
The minute they know you're without your whip they go for you like tigers at a wounded trainer.Way of the Lawless
She might be wounded, but she was made of the material of which he had hoped.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- suffering from wounds; injured, esp in a battle or fight
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the wounded
- (of feelings) damaged or hurt
- any break in the skin or an organ or part as the result of violence or a surgical incision
- an injury to plant tissue
- any injury or slight to the feelings or reputation
- to inflict a wound or wounds upon (someone or something)
- the past tense and past participle of wind 2
Word Origin and History for wounded
Old English wund "hurt, injury," from Proto-Germanic *wundaz (cf. Old Saxon wunda, Old Norse und, Old Frisian wunde, Old High German wunta, German wunde "wound"), perhaps from PIE root *wen- "to beat, wound."
Old English wundian, from the source of wound (n.). Cognate with Old Frisian wundia, Middle Dutch and Dutch wonden, Old High German wunton, German verwunden, Gothic gawundon. Figurative use from c.1200. Related: Wounded; wounding.
- Injury to a part or tissue of the body, especially one caused by physical trauma and characterized by tearing, cutting, piercing, or breaking of the tissue.
- An incision.
Idioms and Phrases with wounded
see lick one's wounds; rub in (salt into a wound).