From Middle English hurten, hirten, hertan (“to injure, scathe, knock together”), from Old Northern French hurter ("to ram into, strike, collide with"; > Modern French heurter), perhaps from Frankish *hūrt (“a battering ram”), from Proto-Germanic *hrūtaną, *hreutaną (“to fall, beat”), from Proto-Indo-European *krew- (“to fall, beat, smash, strike, break”); however, the earliest instances of the verb in Middle English are as old as those found in Old French, which leads to the possibility that the Middle English word may instead be a reflex of an unrecorded Old English *hȳrtan, which later merged with the Old French verb. Germanic cognates include Dutch horten (“to push against, strike”), Middle Low German hurten (“to run at, collide with”), Middle High German hurten (“to push, bump, attack, storm, invade”), Old Norse hrútr (“battering ram”).
Alternate etymology traces Old Northern French hurter rather to Old Norse hrútr (“ram (male sheep)”), lengthened-grade variant of hjǫrtr (“stag”), from Proto-Germanic *herutuz, *herutaz (“hart, male deer”), which would relate it to English hart (“male deer”). See hart.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: hû(r)t, IPA(key): /hɜːt/
- (General American) enPR: hûrt, IPA(key): /hɝt/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)t
- (intransitive) To be painful.
- Does your leg still hurt? / It is starting to feel better.
- (transitive) To cause (a creature) physical pain and/or injury.
- If anybody hurts my little brother, I will get upset.
- (transitive) To cause (somebody) emotional pain.
- (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.
- 1568, William Cornishe, “A treatise betwene Trouth, and Information”, in J[ohn] S[tow], editor, Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, Poete Laureate, London, OCLC 54747393; republished as Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, Poete Laureate to King Henry the VIIIth, London: Printed for C. Davis in Pater-noster Row, 1736, OCLC 731569711, page 290:
- The Harpe. […] A harper with his wreſt maye tune the harpe wrong / Mys tunying of an Inſtrument ſhal hurt a true ſonge
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hurt (plural hurts)
- An emotional or psychological humiliation or bad experience.
- how to overcome old hurts of the past
- (archaic) A bodily injury causing pain; a wound or bruise.
- (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.
- (heraldry) A roundel azure (blue circular spot).
- (engineering) A band on a trip-hammer helve, bearing the trunnions.
- A husk.
- ^ D.Q. Adams, Encyclopeida of Indo-European Culture, s.v. "horn" (London: Fitzroy-Dearborn, 1999), 273.
From Middle High German [Term?].
hurt m inan
- hurt in Polish dictionaries at PWN