1150-1200; (v.) Middle Englishhurten, hirten, herten to injure, damage, stumble, knock together, apparently < Old Frenchhurter to knock (against), oppose (compare Frenchheurter, orig. dial.), probably a verbal derivative of Frankish*hûrt ram, cognate with Old Norsehrūtr; (noun) Middle English < Old French, derivative of the v.
3. mar, impair. 5. afflict, wound. 6. ache. 10. See injury. 12. cut, slight.
c.1200, from O.Fr. hurter "to ram, strike, collide," perhaps from Frank. *hurt (cf. M.H.G. hurten "run at, collide," O.N. hrutr "ram"). Sense of "injury" is purely an Eng. development. Sense of "knock" died out 17c., but cf. hurtle.