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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hurt]
    • /hɜrt/
    • /hɜːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hurt]
    • /hɜrt/

Definitions of hurt word

  • verb with object hurt to cause bodily injury to; injure: He was badly hurt in the accident. 1
  • verb with object hurt to cause bodily pain to or in: The wound still hurts him. 1
  • verb with object hurt to damage or decrease the efficiency of (a material object) by striking, rough use, improper care, etc.: Moths can't hurt this suit because it's mothproof. Dirty oil can hurt a car's engine. 1
  • verb with object hurt to affect adversely; harm: to hurt one's reputation; It wouldn't hurt the lawn if you watered it more often. 1
  • verb with object hurt to cause mental pain to; offend or grieve: She hurt his feelings by not asking him to the party. 1
  • verb without object hurt to feel or suffer bodily or mental pain or distress: My back still hurts. 1

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Origin of hurt

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; (v.) Middle English hurten, hirten, herten to injure, damage, stumble, knock together, apparently < Old French hurter to knock (against), oppose (compare French heurter, orig. dial.), probably a verbal derivative of Frankish *hûrt ram, cognate with Old Norse hrūtr; (noun) Middle English < Old French, derivative of the v.

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Parts of speech for Hurt


hurt popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

hurt usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for hurt

verb hurt

  • harm — a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.
  • mar — to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil: That billboard mars the view. The holiday was marred by bad weather.
  • injure — to do or cause harm of any kind to; damage; hurt; impair: to injure one's hand.
  • bruise — A bruise is an injury which appears as a purple mark on your body, although the skin is not broken.
  • wound — the act of winding.

adjective hurt

  • offended — to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in: Even the hint of prejudice offends me.
  • miffed — put into an irritable mood, especially by an offending incident: I was miffed when they didn't invite me to the party.
  • wounded — suffering injury or bodily harm, as a laceration or bullet wound: to bandage a wounded hand.
  • unhappy — sad; miserable; wretched: Why is she so unhappy?
  • indignant — feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base: indignant remarks; an indignant expression on his face.

noun hurt

  • pain — physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc.
  • soreness — physically painful or sensitive, as a wound, hurt, or diseased part: a sore arm.
  • injury — harm or damage that is done or sustained: to escape without injury.
  • tenderness — soft or delicate in substance; not hard or tough: a tender steak.
  • discomfort — an absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness, hardship, or mild pain.

Antonyms for hurt

verb hurt

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • benefit — The benefit of something is the help that you get from it or the advantage that results from it.
  • improve — to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition: He took vitamins to improve his health.
  • mend — to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing: to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.

adjective hurt

  • gratified — Obsolete. to reward; remunerate.
  • ok — all right; proceeding normally; satisfactory or under control: Things are OK at the moment.
  • happy — delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
  • healthy — possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.
  • perfect — conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type: a perfect sphere; a perfect gentleman.

noun hurt

  • cheer — When people cheer, they shout loudly to show their approval or to encourage someone who is doing something such as taking part in a game.
  • ease — freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort: to enjoy one's ease.
  • happiness — the quality or state of being happy.
  • health — the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
  • joy — a female given name.

Top questions with hurt

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