[woond; Older Use and Literary wound]


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.

verb (used with object)

to inflict a wound upon; injure; hurt.

verb (used without object)

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 wound

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English wund; cognate with Old High German wunta (German Wunde), Old Norse und, Gothic wunds; (v.) Middle English wounden, Old English wundian, derivative of the noun
Related formswound·ed·ly, adverbwound·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for wound

1. cut, stab, laceration, lesion, trauma. See injury. 3. insult, pain, anguish. 4. harm, damage; cut, stab, lacerate.




a simple past tense and past participle of wind2 and wind3.
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Examples from the Web for wounding

Contemporary Examples of wounding

Historical Examples of wounding

  • It was Kua-ko, and after wounding me with his spear he was about to finish me with his knife.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • He had once been too scrupulous in not wounding vanity; he was now too indifferent to it.

  • Only once did a sorcerer succeed in wounding Notscha in the left arm.

  • Oh, how I regret the brutal, wounding things I said to you, Wilhelmine!

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • If, however, the wounding is accidental, he shall simply pay for the harm done.



British Dictionary definitions for wounding




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)
Derived Formswoundable, adjectivewounder, nounwounding, adjectivewoundingly, adverbwoundless, adjective

Word Origin for wound

Old English wund; related to Old Frisian wunde, Old High German wunta (German Wunde), Old Norse und, Gothic wunds




the past tense and past participle of wind 2
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Word Origin and History for wounding



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.

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wounding in Medicine




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.
Related formswound v.
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Idioms and Phrases with wounding


see lick one's wounds; rub in (salt into a wound).

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