Pronunciation Verb

hurt (hurts, present participle hurting; past and past participle hurt)

  1. (intransitive) To be painful.
    Does your leg still hurt? / It is starting to feel better.
  2. (transitive) To cause (a creature) physical pain and/or injury.
    If anybody hurts my little brother, I will get upset.
  3. (transitive) To cause (somebody) emotional pain.
  4. (transitive) To undermine, impede, or damage.
    This latest gaffe hurts the legislator’s reelection prospects still further.
    Copying and pasting identical portions of source code hurts maintainability, because the programmer has to keep all those copies synchronized.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Adjective


  1. Wounded, physically injured.
  2. Pained.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Russian: оби́женный
  • Spanish: dolido

hurt (plural hurts)

  1. An emotional or psychological humiliation or bad experience.
    • how to overcome old hurts of the past
  2. (archaic) A bodily injury causing pain; a wound or bruise.
    • 1605, Shakespeare, King Lear vii
      I have received a hurt.
    • 1693, [John Locke], “§107”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], OCLC 1161614482 ↗:
      The pains of sickness and hurts […] all men feel.
  3. (archaic) injury; damage; detriment; harm
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
      Thou dost me yet but little hurt.
  4. (heraldiccharge) A roundel azure (blue circular spot).
  5. (engineering) A band on a trip-hammer helve, bearing the trunnions.
  6. A husk.
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Proper noun
  1. (uncountable) A town in Virginia.
  2. (countable) Surname

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