plural noun
wound·​ed | \ ˈwün-dəd How to pronounce wounded (audio) \

Definition of wounded

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: wounded persons



Definition of wounded (Entry 2 of 2)

: injured, hurt by, or suffering from a wound a wounded leg wounded feelings

Examples of wounded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The report comes nearly a year after a shooting at the New Jersey home of a federal judge left her son dead and husband wounded. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015 for his role in the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon, which left three dead and scores more wounded. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 15 June 2021 Jarvis, who cared for wounded soldiers during the American Civil War, celebrated the first Mother’s Day in 1905 in honor of her own mother. Dallas News, 9 May 2021 On Wednesday evening, a mass shooting at an Orange office park left four people dead, including a 9-year-old boy, and one person critically wounded. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Prince George’s County police have arrested a 36-year-old District Heights man in a January shooting that left one man dead and two wounded. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 The SITE Intelligence Group says Islamic State Khorasan Province, or ISKP, the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State, is claiming responsibility for a deadly attack on Kabul University that left at least 22 dead and 22 wounded. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 3 Nov. 2020 There were then 2,251 Palestinians killed and 11,000 wounded. Yasser Abu Jamei, Scientific American, 4 June 2021 Multiple sources identified the wounded fire captain as Arnoldo Sandoval, 54, who was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of wounded

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wounded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wounded. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wounded

: injured by a weapon
: feeling emotional pain


noun plural

Medical Definition of wounded

: wounded persons


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