\ ˈhərt How to pronounce hurt (audio) \
hurt; hurting

Definition of hurt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to inflict with physical pain : wound He hurt his back while moving some boxes. was seriously hurt in a car accident You're hurting my arm!
b : to do substantial or material harm to : damage the dry summer has hurt the land
2a : to cause emotional pain or anguish to : offend never meant to hurt you got her feelings hurt
b : to be detrimental to : hamper charges of graft hurt his chances of being elected

intransitive verb

1a : to suffer pain or grief He says his tooth hurts. has been hurting ever since learning of her friend's betrayal
b : to be in need usually used with for hurting for money
2 : to cause damage or distress hit where it hurts



Definition of hurt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a cause of injury or damage : blow this tower of granite, weathering the hurts of so many ages— R. W. Emerson
2a : a bodily injury or wound
b : mental or emotional distress or anguish : suffering getting past the hurt of a bitter divorce
3 : wrong, harm subordinating cosmic to moral considerations, to the hurt of both— M. R. Cohen

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Other Words from hurt


hurt adjective
hurter noun

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injure, harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar mean to affect injuriously. injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success. badly injured in an accident harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss. careful not to harm the animals hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings. hurt by their callous remarks damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness. a table damaged in shipping impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution. years of smoking had impaired his health mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement. the text is marred by many typos

Examples of hurt in a Sentence

Verb Be careful with that knife or you could hurt yourself. Ouch! You're hurting my arm! She was badly hurt in a car accident. My tooth still hurts me. When I woke up this morning I hurt all over. Their lack of interest in her work hurt her deeply. You're only hurting yourself by holding a grudge against them. It hurt me to see her go. The lack of rain has hurt the corn crop. If we lose this game it will seriously hurt our chances of making the play-offs. Noun Her sympathy eased the hurt he felt after his dog's death. They felt a great hurt after their bitter divorce. She tried to put past hurts behind her.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cherry laurels fared better, but even they were hurt. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Oct. 2021 No one was hurt in the incident, but the community is shaken, a mosque official said Saturday. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 10 Oct. 2021 In August, the Browns released Parkey after he got hurt. Mark Inabinett |, al, 9 Oct. 2021 Kennedy said there weren’t any weapons used and no one was hurt in the incident. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 7 Oct. 2021 Two Portland firefighters were hurt in an explosion while standing outside a burning building Tuesday afternoon in Southeast Portland, officials said. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 Four people were hurt in a shooting this morning at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, police said. Melissa Macaya, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 At the beginning of the season, Amber said she was hurt by Leah's comments made last season. Christina Dugan,, 5 Oct. 2021 Fire officials said on Twitter that no one was hurt and there was no damage to the complex. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nas expresses genuine hurt at the people who did him wrong. Chris Willman, Variety, 16 Sep. 2021 Morales’ effervescence, particularly in a drunken scene, contrasts with the more reserved persona when Cariño conceals her hurt. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Snook and Macfadyen artfully interacted, with subtle variations in tone: more or less playful callousness on the part of Shiv, more or less submerged hurt and anger on the part of Tom. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Cheadle's reaction was one of shocked hurt and irritation and the video immediately went viral, with many calling out Hart for being insensitive and rude. Andrea Towers,, 16 Aug. 2021 Three people were killed and one hurt in a shooting in a west Phoenix parking lot early Friday. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2021 The words were emotional, filled with hurt, anger and empowerment. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2021 What's the hurt in, in humoring him for a little bit longer? NBC News, 8 Aug. 2021 Indigenous people are masters at taking the hurt and pain that was dealt to us, laughing in the face of it, and weaving it into ridiculous comedy gold. Devery Jacobs,, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of hurt


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hurt

Verb and Noun

Middle English, probably from Anglo-French hurter to strike, prick, collide with, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse hrūtr male sheep

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The first known use of hurt was in the 13th century

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17 Oct 2021

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“Hurt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hurt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause pain or injury to (yourself, someone else, or a part of your body)
: to be a source or cause of pain
: to feel physical pain



English Language Learners Definition of hurt (Entry 2 of 2)

: mental or emotional pain


\ ˈhərt How to pronounce hurt (audio) \
hurt; hurting

Kids Definition of hurt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to feel or cause pain My feet hurt. These shoes hurt.
2 : to do harm to : damage The drought has hurt crops.
3 : to cause to be sad "I am sure none of my boys and girls in Room 13 would purposely … hurt anyone's feelings …"— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses
4 : to make poorer or more difficult The fumble hurt our team's chance of winning.



Kids Definition of hurt (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an injury or wound to the body
2 : mental or emotional pain



Kids Definition of hurt (Entry 3 of 3)

: physically or emotionally injured a hurt toe hurt feelings

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