Definition of hurt in US English:

hurt

verb

[with object]
  • 1Cause physical pain or injury to.

    ‘Ow! You're hurting me!’
    no object ‘does acupuncture hurt?’
    • ‘I was scared at the start but after a while you get used to the pain - you hurt your shins all the time.’
    • ‘But I'm not into hurting him - inflicting pain is just not right for me.’
    • ‘On top of that, they're going to get a lot of guys back defensively who have been hurt by nagging injuries.’
    • ‘You know the birth is going to hurt - more pain than you can ever imagine.’
    • ‘Adam pulled her down beside him and tried to turn toward her, but cried out in pain as he hurt his side.’
    • ‘The pain hurt Spinner, but his mind was in a daze so bad that he was almost numbed.’
    • ‘Injuries may hurt but the pain of not being able to reach his own exacting standards would be harder to deal with.’
    • ‘The pain is constant and hurts the worst where the object is pressing on your head.’
    • ‘The driver was badly hurt, but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.’
    • ‘Not doing physical activity or trying to do too much can hurt chronic pain patients.’
    • ‘The man, who was not wearing a cycle helmet, was seriously hurt, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.’
    • ‘Wow, I must have awesome pain tolerance if it hurts him that much.’
    • ‘His injuries hurt him, but one of them had to be able to walk out of there.’
    • ‘Despite being seriously hurt, their injuries are not life-threatening, and their families are with them at the hospital.’
    • ‘Xander got up slowly, a terrible blazing pain hurting his left arm.’
    • ‘The paramedic who rushed to the scene of the injury was himself hurt when a cupboard fell on his back while he was putting a fluid line into the hand of one of the injured shoppers.’
    • ‘It was one of those spectacular injuries that doesn't hurt much but involves impressive blood loss that actually drips on to the ground.’
    • ‘They would hurt you till you cry out then hurt you even worse so you are begging for the previous pain because it hurt less.’
    • ‘Strange as it seems, self-injurers feel little or no pain when they hurt themselves.’
    • ‘The pain did not hurt him, rather it woke him up from a trancelike state of hopelessness.’
    injure, wound, damage, disable, incapacitate, impair, maim, mutilate, cause injury to, cause pain to
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    1. 1.1no object (of a part of the body) suffer pain.
      ‘my back hurts’
      • ‘My left shoulder had been hurting for a year since a bike accident.’
      • ‘His face was swollen, his nose hurt, his back ached, and his corn was bothering him.’
      • ‘My chest hurts and my body feels canted at the wrong angle.’
      • ‘His head felt like it was on fire, and his whole body hurt with a dull ache.’
      • ‘Her stomach hurt, her head throbbed, and her hands felt clammy and cold.’
      • ‘My mom says it will hurt for about a week after the surgery.’
      • ‘Players need to stretch out the parts of the body that hurt, relax and let the pulse rate drop.’
      • ‘My body hurts on every square inch of it, feeling as through I've had a million cuts made to me, every nerve crying out.’
      • ‘He was tired and his body was hurting all over, but he persevered.’
      • ‘My body hurts so much that I can barely hold myself upright.’
      • ‘My body hurts, but the coldness is so predominant that I don't care.’
      • ‘Being ill sucks, I have a summer fluey/cold thing which is making my bones ache, and my head hurt and I am tired and falling asleep at the drop of a hat.’
      • ‘Her ribs ached, her stomach hurt unmercifully, and her back was killing her.’
      • ‘The problem when you are injured is regaining strength - but your body hurts all the time and exercise causes even more pain.’
      • ‘And his eyes were hurting, throbbing, burning when he looked at her.’
      • ‘I laugh so hard my whole body starts hurting again, causing me to flinch.’
      • ‘She moaned in irritation as her eyes began to hurt, and the pain slowly returned to her body.’
      • ‘Every muscle in your body hurts, and that I didn't enjoy at all.’
      • ‘He felt light headed and dizzy and his body was hurting.’
      • ‘Her arm hurt, her stomach hurt, her face ached on both sides, and she tasted the salty sweetness of blood in her mouth.’
      be painful, be sore, be tender, cause pain, cause discomfort, ache, smart, sting, burn, tingle, throb
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    2. 1.2 Cause mental pain or distress to (a person or their feelings)
      ‘she didn't want to hurt his feelings’
      • ‘Their paranoia is discrediting them, burning bridges, and hurting us.’
      • ‘He jumped about a foot into the air, startled that a girl he had hurt so badly in the past could still have any feelings for him.’
      • ‘It hurts me sore to say it, but, however she got there, we heard or saw nothing.’
      • ‘It was always painful to hurt other people's feelings, and to destroy their hopes along with it.’
      distress, pain, wound, offend, sting, upset, sadden, devastate, mortify, grieve, aggrieve, be hurtful to, hurt someone's feelings, cause sorrow, cause suffering, cause anguish, make unhappy, give offence to, cut to the quick
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    3. 1.3no object (of a person) feel mental pain or distress.
      ‘he was hurting badly, but he smiled through his tears’
      • ‘This state of affairs is very, very sad with many people hurting and, indeed, becoming disillusioned.’
      • ‘We realise, these people are hurting, they've lost their mother.’
      • ‘We cannot continue to turn a blind eye or ear and pretend that all is well when many people are hurting and yearning for help.’
      • ‘We were hurting badly and I wanted to know how Paul was feeling because he had missed the decisive penalty.’
      • ‘They hurt for the wounded and the dead but they are eager to continue to attack.’
      • ‘A lot of people are hurting because of this sad decision.’
      • ‘The desperate need for attention is obviously overwhelming and I hurt for kids like this.’
      • ‘People are hurting and they are told relentlessly day in and day out that liberals from big cities are the ones inflicting the pain.’
      • ‘If I do it right now it'll just be a case of lashing out while I'm hurting, wanting other people to hurt too - and that's not my style.’
      • ‘I mean, some people are hurting out there, and they need the money, and they should go ahead and accept it and move on.’
      • ‘I think I have to be more prepared to let go and let people hurt on their own.’
      • ‘Understanding how much another person hurts emotionally is good and bad.’
      • ‘She would never let it show to anyone how she really felt, no-one knew just how badly she was hurting inside, not even her closest friends knew the half of it.’
      • ‘However it took a few seconds before I remembered why I was hurting so badly.’
      • ‘At least in there she knew she could never hurt as badly as she had last night.’
      • ‘Right now, his sister was hurting badly and it made him want to cry too.’
      • ‘She was hurting, badly, and if she stayed the whole time, well that was just going to be a shock.’
      • ‘However, it is two hours into the program and a recurring trend is that these people are hurting as badly as any progressives are in this country.’
      • ‘If one person was hurting, he or she could pretty much count on having a good 4 or 5 people sticking close and offering an ear or a shoulder.’
      • ‘He replied sternly, but his voice indicated how badly he was hurting.’
    4. 1.4 Be detrimental to.
      ‘high interest rates are hurting the local economy’
      • ‘Higher interest rates can hurt stocks because they raise the cost of borrowing to expand businesses and cut into corporate profits.’
      • ‘That will raise long-term rates, hurt Toronto's equity markets, and delay the recovery.’
      • ‘While many in the country welcome this, some say in some way it's hurting the local industry.’
      • ‘The water shortage hurts the local economy as well as growers.’
      • ‘This may help the ecosystem, but it hurts the economy.’
      • ‘The attitudes encouraged by the drug trade also have hurt the economy.’
      • ‘Economists and bankers say an increase in the prime rate will not hurt the economy.’
      • ‘And a sharp spike in interest rates would hurt some homeowners who have just got their foot on the housing ladder.’
      • ‘Nonethless, it is still far too high, and the exchange rate is hurting NZ exporters.’
      • ‘With employment, for example, there is a level of distress that hurts demand.’
      • ‘Deficit budgeting has led to higher interest rates, hurting homebuyers and small businesses.’
      • ‘So I guess we're only supposed to intervene when it will hurt our interests.’
      • ‘Raising tax rates would hurt the expansion and weaken the incentives that drive long-term growth.’
      • ‘It is highly irresponsible, and hurting the world economy.’
      • ‘Is the current gambling scandal hurting the economy?’
      • ‘That's because low and falling utilization rates also hurt profit margins, not just once, but twice.’
      • ‘It will hurt local business, according to a survey the newspaper conducted.’
      • ‘Of course, there's always a risk the markets will overdo it and push long-term interest rates too high, hurting the economy in the process.’
      • ‘But interestingly, not one of us was willing to argue that it hurts the interests of those it is intended to help.’
      • ‘Raising rates now would hurt economic growth in the US and stifle the green shoots of recovery in Europe.’
      harm, damage, do harm to, be detrimental to, weaken, spoil, mar, blemish, blight, impair, impede, jeopardize, undermine, ruin, wreck, sabotage, cripple
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    5. 1.5hurt forNorth American informal no object Have a pressing need for.
      ‘Frank wasn't hurting for money’
      • ‘Well, let's just say she's considered a major player in the world of mystery just about everywhere and she's definitely not hurting for money.’
      • ‘Chinatown, here in Boston, where I live, is hurting for business.’
      • ‘I heard myself say, ‘With gold chains and designer underwear, I don't think you're hurting for five dollars.’’
      • ‘It is difficult even to take seriously the proposition that, whether because of globalization or otherwise, the governments of industrialized countries are hurting for tax revenue.’
      • ‘But at the same time that the U.S. armed forces are hurting for qualified soldiers, they're also firing qualified soldiers just because they're gay.’
      • ‘Despite her whopping $50 million settlement she is said to be hurting for cash.’
      • ‘Now, the question is, of course, if those fail, can she continue to make that kind of money, not that she's hurting for money these days, I'm sure?’
      • ‘I take it that the bus routes were created when Metro trains were still relatively new and hurting for customers, and the idea was to feed them with the buses.’
      • ‘Not terribly big, but big enough that we weren't hurting for money.’
      • ‘‘It is difficult to understand exactly why people do this, but it could be an abnormal way of illicitly seeking love or care - they may actually be hurting for love,’ he said.’

adjective

  • 1Physically injured.

    ‘he complained of a hurt leg and asked his trainer to stop the fight’
    ‘dogs and cats with hurt paws’
    • ‘Now Cutler has a hurt ankle to add to his groin injury.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he's got a hurt shoulder, so Hayley dances with Leonardo.’
    • ‘A player comes hobbling off out of the game with a hurt knee.’
    • ‘She demanded he take her to a doctor to have her hurt finger attended to.’
    • ‘He doesn't have a hurt arm, doesn't have a sore arm.’
    • ‘Instead of apologising to the hurt pedestrian, the man continues walking and smirks.’
    • ‘I was worried about him looking hurt yesterday, but he comes to work and plays through pain.’
    • ‘I'm not using the treadmill right now while allowing a hurt foot to heal completely.’
    1. 1.1 Distressed or offended by another person's behavior.
      ‘“You know I care,” he said, in a hurt voice’
      ‘I felt so hurt and alone’
      • ‘What we do is provide hope to people who feel alone and lost, hurt and looking for answers.’
      • ‘But a tearful, hurt Elena's got vengeance on her mind now.’
      • ‘I questioned him without trying to be judgmental but the hurt tone was definitely there.’
      • ‘He sat for a moment, looking hurt and confused and not quite able to digest all this terrible news.’
      • ‘At its best, the theater is a balm for hurt minds.’
      • ‘He tells Hannah he has to get to sleep since he's got work tomorrow and she seems hurt and shocked.’
      • ‘"There were hurt feelings on both sides, you know," he said in a phone interview.’
      • ‘Out of the corner of his eye he glimpsed the hurt look on her face.’
      • ‘He could not look at Zoya's hurt face and he walked off.’
      • ‘Although she wanted to break up with him a long time ago, she is really hurt and heartbroken which is understandable.’

noun

  • 1Physical injury; harm.

    • ‘All this hurt and harm in the name of God can hardly be described as a Christian approach.’
    • ‘Of course the main section of bullying would have to be physical hurt of others.’
    • ‘Have compassion for all beings, causing them no unnecessary hurt, nor needless harm.’
    • ‘While there was undoubtedly physical hurt, it is the psychological damage that rankles most.’
    • ‘On Monday, a mystery blast on the capital's main street inflicted direct physical hurt on more than a dozen people.’
    • ‘The hurt or injury need not be serious or permanent but must be more than trifling or transient.’
    • ‘As one correspondent puts it, the message that hurt does not mean harm needs reinforcing.’
    • ‘He tried reaching over to his right pocket but any shift in his position now meant a world of hurt from his open wounds.’
    • ‘The physical hurt includes a couple of broken legs.’
    • ‘Actual bodily harm is any hurt or injury calculated to interfere with the health and so called comfort of the victim and must be more than merely trivial or transient.’
    • ‘It is to Nicola's eternal credit that her main concern was that those with her in the salon had managed to dash to safety and escape physical hurt.’
    • ‘Surely, innocent victims who suffer lifelong injuries should receive proper compensation for the hurt and injury.’
    harm, injury, wounding, pain, suffering, discomfort, soreness, aching, smarting, stinging, throbbing, pangs
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    1. 1.1 Mental pain or distress.
      ‘the hurt of being constantly ignored’
      ‘wariness that masked a hurt’
      • ‘I got in the shower, the hot water seemed to away a tiny bit of my stress and hurt, though not much.’
      • ‘Careseekers come for help with a load of experiences, stresses, new and old hurts, anxieties and questions.’
      • ‘He felt a pang of hurt and shock, to think that his sis, the one person he could always trust, wouldn't tell him when the wake was.’
      • ‘Besides, the last comment he bestowed upon her still caused small pangs of hurt, though he probably did not care.’
      • ‘I look like a cool and chilled person, but I gathered all my past hurt while acting.’
      • ‘But, in between, there were dozens and dozens of people who showed every sign of genuine hurt and incomprehension.’
      • ‘They will never see their marriage discussed, or their hurts and pains made public.’
      • ‘This helps to protect people from the intense hurt of the loss.’
      • ‘Elsie didn't feel sad at those words, nor did she feel a pang of hurt.’
      • ‘My concern is that it would harm our relationship by causing hurt or confused feelings.’
      • ‘Are responses that are more traumatic related to previous hurts, the couples' dynamic, the nature of the infidelity, or some other issue?’
      • ‘If there was nothing else that his life had taught him, it was that being distrustful was the only way he could survive amidst endless hurts and pain.’
      • ‘Nicholas sighed lightly and let his gaze fall to the ground, trying not to show his hurt at how distant she was becoming.’
      • ‘There are so many people around the world who are reliving their hurt.’
      • ‘However, I've learnt from my experiences and my hurts, and I've come to the conclusion that I want to try something different.’
      • ‘Joey felt a pang of hurt at the mention of Lauren's name, but she contained herself.’
      • ‘It's extremely difficult to do, and I think that one of the reasons that people tend to hold on to their hurts or to their upsets is that it does require giving up part of yourself.’
      • ‘One of the most painful ways to wound your partner with guilt is to bring up past hurts and wrongs.’
      • ‘The judge told him that personal hurt is no reason to break the law.’
      • ‘He was remembering hurts, and feeling new pains.’
      distress, pain, suffering, grief, misery, anguish, torment, trauma, woe, upset, sadness, sorrow, wretchedness
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Origin

Middle English (originally in the senses ‘to strike’ and ‘a blow’): from Old French hurter (verb), hurt (noun), perhaps ultimately of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

hurt

/hərt//hərt/