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[hurt] /hɜrt/
verb (used with object), hurt, hurting.
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.
verb (used without object), hurt, hurting.
6.
to feel or suffer bodily or mental pain or distress:
My back still hurts.
7.
to cause bodily or mental pain or distress:
The blow to his pride hurt most.
8.
to cause injury, damage, or harm.
9.
to suffer want or need.
noun
10.
a blow that inflicts a wound; bodily injury or the cause of such injury.
11.
injury, damage, or harm.
12.
the cause of mental pain or offense, as an insult.
13.
Heraldry. a rounded azure.
adjective
14.
physically injured:
The hurt child was taken to the hospital.
15.
offended; unfavorably affected:
hurt pride.
16.
suggesting that one has been offended or is suffering in mind:
Take that hurt look off your face!
17.
damaged:
hurt merchandise.
Origin
1150-1200
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 forms
hurtable, adjective
hurter, noun
unhurt, adjective
unhurting, adjective
Synonyms
3. mar, impair. 5. afflict, wound. 6. ache. 10. See injury. 12. cut, slight.
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Examples from the web for hurts
  • Since yesterday morning, she's been creeping around the cage as though her body hurts, stepping tentatively and slowly.
  • One ward has a long row of officers, some with ugly hurts.
  • To be silent hurts no one, to be talkative does the mischief.
  • If you can't get out of bed because your back hurts, your boss will probably be sympathetic: take a sick day, call a doctor.
  • Runoff from agricultural and urban areas hurts water quality.
  • In some cases, one animal meets its needs but hurts its partner.
  • Falling off a bike hurts less than falling off a mountain.
  • Politicians also say strict enforcement hurts poor people living in the area.
  • Taking one for the team means doing something that hurts but might help the group as a whole.
  • It never hurts to be cautious, especially with so many non-toxic products available.
British Dictionary definitions for hurts

hurt1

/hɜːt/
verb hurts, hurting, 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.
(intransitive) (informal) to feel pain
noun
5.
physical, moral, or mental pain or suffering
6.
a wound, cut, or sore
7.
damage or injury; harm
adjective
8.
injured or pained physically or emotionally: a hurt knee, a hurt look
Derived Forms
hurter, 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

hurt2

/hɜːt/
noun
1.
(Southern English, dialect) another name for whortleberry
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Word Origin and History for hurts

hurt

v.

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).

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for hurts

hurt

adjective

Ugly; ill-favored; piss-ugly: I never saw anyone as hurt as her boyfriend (1980s+ Teenagers)


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