"Why, Jaime, my sweet brother," he said,"You wound me. You know how much I love my family."

This sentence is extracted from the Game of Thrones. I have looked up the dictionary but still don't understand the verb meaning of "wind". Whether it means Jamie misunderstands Tyrion or Jamie make Tyrion confused? I think both of the two understandings state show a meaning of turning or twisting.

  • Google "wound". It's the number 1 verb definition.
    – Misneac
    Nov 16, 2015 at 7:09
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    Wound: Injure (a person’s feelings):
    – user140086
    Nov 16, 2015 at 7:12
  • Perhaps the person speaking was a mechanical robot, and Jaime its brother turned the key in its back to set it going...so that Jaime did wind it up. But I doubt it.
    – tautophile
    Jun 20, 2018 at 5:49

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In this context, "wound" is not the past tense of wind (as in to "wind up a clock", nor as in "the wind blows"). It is instead the verb form of the noun "wound", meaning an injury of some description.

To wound someone is to cause them a wound (injury). From the Macquarie dictionary—yes, I'm Australian but it's usually closer to "real" English than most US dictionaries :-) :

wound /wund/ … noun an injury to an organism, usually one involving division of tissue … verb to inflict a wound upon.

Also in the context of the quote (assuming you've read the books or seen the TV show), this wound has nothing to do with an actual physical injury; it's more of an emotional wound because Jaime Lannister said something hurtful to his brother.


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