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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun hurt:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb hurt:


The word hurt is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun hurt

What does hurt mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: hurts

  1. any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of hurt: harm / injury / trauma
    • more generic terms: health problem / ill health / unhealthiness = a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain
    • more specific terms:
      • brain damage = injury to the brain that impairs its functions
      • birth trauma = physical injury to an infant during the birth process
      • blast trauma = injury caused the explosion of a bomb
      • haemorrhage / hemorrhage / bleeding = the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel
      • blunt trauma = injury incurred when the human body hits or is hit by a large outside object
      • contusion / bruise = an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration
      • bump = a lump on the body caused by a blow
      • burn = an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation
      • dislocation = a displacement of a part (especially a bone) from its normal position
      • electric shock = trauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body
      • fracture / break = breaking of hard tissue such as bone
      • cryopathy / frostbite = destruction of tissue by freezing and characterized by tingling, blistering and possibly gangrene
      • intravasation = entry of foreign matter into a blood vessel
      • penetrating injury / penetrating trauma = injury incurred when an object (as a knife or bullet or shrapnel) penetrates into the body
      • pinch = an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
      • rupture = state of being torn or burst open
      • insect bite / sting / bite = a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
      • strain = injury to a muscle
      • whiplash injury / whiplash = an injury to the neck (the cervical vertebrae) resulting from rapid acceleration or deceleration
      • wheal / wale / weal / welt = a raised mark on the skin
      • lesion / wound = an injury to living tissue
      • wrench / twist / pull = a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
  2. psychological suffering
  3. feelings of mental or physical pain
  4. a damage or loss
  5. the act of damaging something or someone

Alternative definition of the noun hurt


  1. [archaic] A wound or pain.
  2. [heraldiccharge] A roundel azure (blue circular spot).

Definition of the adjective hurt

What does hurt mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. suffering from physical injury especially that suffered in battle
    • example: ambulances...for the hurt men and women
    • synonym of hurt: wounded
    • similar: injured
  2. damaged; used of inanimate objects or their value

Alternative definition of the adjective hurt


  1. Wounded, physically injured.
  2. See Pained.

Definition of the verb hurt

What does hurt mean as a doing word?

Hurt is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. be the source of pain
    • example: Did his feet hurt?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Patient - body part] [Verb]My eyes are itching | My heart is pounding
      [Patient - body part] [Verb] [Experiencer]My eyes are itching me
      [Patient - body part] [Verb] from [Cause]My eyes are itching from the smoke

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): ail, bother, burn, itch, pain.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of hurt: ache / smart
    • more generic term: cause to be perceived = have perceptible qualities
    • more specific terms:
      • sting / bite / burn = cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
      • burn = feel hot or painful
      • itch = have or perceive an itch
      • hunger = feel the need to eat
      • thirst = feel the need to drink
      • act up = make itself felt as a recurring pain
      • throb = pulsate or pound with abnormal force
      • shoot = cause a sharp and sudden pain in
  2. give trouble or pain to
  3. cause emotional anguish or make miserable
  4. cause damage or affect negatively
  5. hurt the feelings of
  6. feel physical pain
    • examples: Were you hurting after the accident? | Sam and Sue hurt
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of hurt: ache / suffer
    • more generic words: comprehend / perceive = to become aware of through the senses
    • more specific words:
  7. feel pain or be in pain
    • example: Sam and Sue hurt
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Cause] [Verb] by [Experiencer]The beauty of the Grand Canyon has been marveled over by countless tourists
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb]I will suffer
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] from [Cause]I suffered from occasional blackouts

      Verbs of Psychological State (with the same syntax): ache, suffer.

    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of hurt: suffer
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb hurt


  1. [intransitive] To be painful.
  2. [transitive] To cause (a creature) physical pain and/or injury.
  3. [transitive] To cause (somebody) emotional pain.


Hurt is a town in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States. Hurt's population was 1,276 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Danville, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  1. Hurt is a rock band formed in 2000 in Virginia, now located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Currently signed to Carved Records, the band has released four major label albums. The group consists of lead singer J. Loren Wince, guitarist Michael Roberts, and drummer Victor Ribas.
  2. Hurt – wrocławska grupa muzyczna, której wokalistą jest Maciej Kurowicki.

There are other groups with in their name, like The Big Hurt, The Hurt Process and Mommy Hurt My Head.


  1. "Hurt" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera. It was written by Aguilera, Linda Perry and Mark Ronson, and produced by Perry for Aguilera's fifth studio album, Back to Basics. "Hurt" was released as the album's second single on September 19, 2006 by RCA Records instead of "Candyman", which was planned to be the second one. The song's lyrical content came after Aguilera's desire to record a song about losing someone and describes how one deals with the loss of a loved one. Perry developed the first draft of the song while Aguilera rewrote some of the lyrics, and the final version is a tribute to the pair's symbiotic teamwork. Its instrumentation comes from bass, cello, contrabass, drums, guitar, piano, viola and violin.
  2. "Hurt": Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song.
    • also known as Hurt (live), Hurt (Quiet)
    • music and lyrics by Trent Reznor
    • award: - Grammy Award for Best Rock Song nomination for Trent Reznor
  3. "Hurt" is a 1954 song by Jimmie Crane and Al Jacobs. "Hurt" was originally performed by Roy Hamilton, whose version peaked at number eight on the R&B Best Seller chart and spent a total of seven weeks on the chart. The song is considered to be the signature hit of Timi Yuro, whose version went to number four on the Billboard pop chart in 1961. Juice Newton's 1985 version scored number one on Billboard's Country chart.
  4. "Hurt" is a song by American hip hop recording artist T.I., released as the third official single from his fifth studio album T.I. vs. T.I.P.. The song, produced by Danja, features guest appearances from fellow American rappers Busta Rhymes and then-Grand Hustle artist Alfamega.
  5. "Hurt" is a 2006 single by Christina Aguilera.
    • also known as Hurt (Remixes)
    • released on (8 years ago)
  6. Hurt: The music video of the Hurt song by Johnny Cash.
    • award:
      • Grammy Award for Best Music Video nomination for Johnny Cash
      • MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year nomination for Johnny Cash
      • MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video nomination for Johnny Cash
      • MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction (Director: Mark Romanek) nomination for Johnny Cash
      • MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction (Art Director: Ruby Guidara) nomination for Johnny Cash
      • MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing (Editor: Robert Duffy) nomination for Johnny Cash
      • MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography (Director of Photography: Jean-Yves Escoffier) nomination for Johnny Cash
      • Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year nomination for Johnny Cash & Mark Romanek
      • Academy of Country Music Award for Video of the Year nomination for Aristides McGarry, Mark Romanek, Johnny Cash
      • Grammy Award for Best Music Video (artist, video director, video producer), received by Johnny Cash, Mark Romanek, Aristides McGarry
      • MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography (Director of Photography: Jean-Yves Escoffier), received by Johnny Cash
      • Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year, received by Johnny Cash & Mark Romanek
  7. "Hurt" is a musical album of Chris Spedding.
    • released in (38 years ago)


  1. "Hurt" is a dramatic Gothic horror-thriller film released in 2009. The film was directed by Barbara Stepansky and stars actors Melora Walters, William Mapother, Sofia Vassilieva, and Jackson Rathbone.
  2. "Hurt" is a 2003 independent Canadian film written and directed by Steve DiMarco.
  3. "Hurt" is a film, directed by Scott A. Martin.
  4. "Hurt" is a 2000 drama film written and directed by Phillip Crawford and Matthew Priestley.
  5. "Hurt" is a short film, directed by Bruno Autran.
    • also known as Dentro
    • country: Brazil
    • genre: LGBT
    • released in

Phrases with Hurt

Phrase starting with the word Hurt:

  1. Hurt Someone's Feelings

Phrases ending with the word Hurt:

  1. Retire Hurt
  2. Retired Hurt

Other phrases containing the word Hurt:

  1. Wouldn't Hurt a Fly
  2. sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hurt

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Urban Legends (2002)

by Jan Harold Brunvand

Hurt". paper and magazine articles, complete with examples of photographs of the wandering artifact. Among the many items that have been stolen and taken on tour are various other elf and dwarf figures, plastic flamingos, a wooden rabbit, ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 13: Gender by Nancy Bercaw, Ted Ownby

(Courtesy Douglas Hurt, photographer) a last-lap wreck at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR fans reacted with an outpouring of mourning and memorialization efforts, repeatedly stating that Earnhardt was one of them— an ...

Google previewCambridge Academic Content Dictionary Reference Book with CD-ROM (2008)

by Cambridge University Press

hanged hung, hanged have had had hear heard heard hew hewed hewed, hewn hide hid hidden hit hit hit hold held held hurt hurt hurt input input, inputted input, inputted interweave interwove interwoven keep kept kept kneel knelt, kneeled ...

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Quotes about Hurt

I'm a romantic, and we romantics are more sensitive to the way people feel. We love more, and we hurt more. When we're hurt, we hurt for a long time. (Freddy Fender)
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Scrabble value of H4U1R1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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