There are 3 main definitions of wound in English:

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wound 1

Pronunciation: /wo͞ond/


1An injury to living tissue caused by a cut, blow, or other impact, typically one in which the skin is cut or broken.
Example sentences
  • He had sustained fractures to his skull, pelvis, and lower back, chest wounds and a broken arm.
  • He received a number of stitches for knife wounds to his chest and arm.
  • He also had two stitches put in a wound to his scalp after being taken by ambulance to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
bruise, contusion;
Medicine  trauma
1.1An injury to a person’s feelings or reputation: the new crisis has opened old wounds
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  • You try to rekindle old flames and remember the past and tend to open old emotional wounds.
  • In a short period of time old wounds were opened up and picked over, and legal assumptions about historical restitution were overturned.
  • Reminiscing, the thought opens up old wounds for the proud Clare man.
insult, blow, slight, offense, affront;
hurt, damage, injury, pain, distress, grief, anguish, torment


[with object]
1Inflict an injury on (someone): the sergeant was seriously wounded (as adjective wounded) a wounded soldier
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  • When soldiers surrounded the house, Mr Shwairah let off eight bursts of gunfire, seriously wounding one of the soldiers.
  • Three of the soldiers that I knew as comrades were seriously wounded by shrapnel and gunfire.
  • He still remembers the day when a deer unexpectedly attacked a former zoo official, seriously wounding him in the arm.
injure, hurt, harm;
maim, mutilate, disable, incapacitate, cripple;
lacerate, cut, graze, gash, stab, slash
1.1Injure (a person’s feelings): you really wounded his pride when you turned him down (as adjective wounded) her wounded feelings
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  • Challenges of this kind confront their notion of who they are, puncturing their complacency and wounding their egos, so that they are rarely able to resist responding.
  • That purge is wounding enough interests and egos to explain the current rift in the party, whatever else might be hidden in its depths.
  • It's a problem, and it's often more than a matter of not wounding a buddy's ego.
hurt, scar, damage, injure;
insult, slight, offend, affront, distress, disturb, upset, trouble;
grieve, sadden, pain, cut, sting, shock, traumatize, torment



Example sentences
  • He can also be sharply, woundingly funny about ‘awful old England’, whose charms are not always obvious.
  • More woundingly than that, to be beaten into submission by such otherwise enfeebled opponents would damn him in the eyes of his friends.
  • She told him, quite woundingly, that he had not been so dejected when his own mother died.


Example sentences
  • I lifted my shirt, revealing my woundless stomach.
  • A pitiful thousand men left from our large expedition stood up to join me, almost none woundless.
  • Everyone can turn a blind eye to the woundless slashes of the lying tongue, the cruel word, the baleful onslaught.


Old English wund (noun), wundian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wond and German Wunde, of unknown ultimate origin.

Words that rhyme with wound

abound, aground, around, astound, bound, compound, confound, dumbfound, expound, found, ground, hound, impound, interwound, mound, pound, profound, propound, redound, round, sound, stoneground, surround, theatre-in-the-round (US theater-in-the-round), underground
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There are 3 main definitions of wound in English:

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wound 2

Pronunciation: /wound/
Past and past participle of wind2.
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There are 3 main definitions of wound in English:

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wound 3

Pronunciation: /wound/
Alternate past and past participle of wind1.
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