Origin: OE. Hurten, hirten, horten, herten; prob. Fr. OF. Hurter, heurter, to knock, thrust, strike, F. Heurter; cf. W. Hyrddu to push, drive, assault, hwrdd a stroke, blow, push; also, a ram, the orig. Sense of the verb thus perhaps being, to butt as a ram; cf. D. Horten to push, strike, MHG. Hurten, both prob. Fr. Old French.
(01 Mar 1998)
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