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

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One of the robbers was shot, but neither investigators nor the clerk knew that until after the wounded man was dropped off at a Hollywood fire station at 3400 N. 56th Ave., the sheriff’s office said. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Gas station clerk who shot and killed a robber ‘not facing charges’," 11 July 2019 The wounded men were taken to a hospital via private vehicle, police said. Laura Mcknight, nola.com, "17-year-old wounded in Florida area shooting," 26 June 2019 As deputies attempted to help the wounded man, who later died from his injuries, the suspect drove toward them, according to the sheriff’s office. Karl Mondon, The Mercury News, "Listen: San Mateo County deputies find second Skyline homicide victim," 19 June 2019 Smith said there was evidence at the shooting scene linking the wounded man to the Family Dollar robbery. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Man shot by Birmingham police now charged in 4 holdups at Family Dollar stores," 18 June 2019 When the armored vehicle broke through a fence from an alley to get to the wounded officer, Ramos shot at it, Chandler said. NBC News, "Gunman who killed Sacramento officer ambushed police, chief says," 22 June 2019 Several dozen officers from many law enforcement agencies converged on the neighborhood, helping the wounded officers, blocking off streets and looking for the shooter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Accused gunman to stand trial in San Diego cop-killing death penalty case," 19 June 2019 Paul Cicero said a wounded man, 40, and woman, 35, ended up at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center after being taken there by private vehicle. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford double-shooting closed south lanes of I-91 during morning rush; highway reopened," 19 June 2019 The soldiers soon followed, the Afghans struggling to hoist their wounded comrade’s stretcher up the incline. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018

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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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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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