noun \ˈhər-dəl\

: one of a series of barriers to be jumped over in a race

the hurdles : a race in which runners must jump over hurdles

: something that makes an achievement difficult

Full Definition of HURDLE

a :  a portable panel usually of wattled withes and stakes used especially for enclosing land or livestock
b :  a frame or sled formerly used in England for dragging traitors to execution
a :  an artificial barrier over which racers must leap
b plural :  any of various track events in which a series of hurdles must be surmounted

Examples of HURDLE

  1. He won a medal in the high hurdles.
  2. The company faces severe financial hurdles this year.

Illustration of HURDLE

Origin of HURDLE

Middle English hurdel, from Old English hyrdel; akin to Old High German hurt hurdle, Latin cratis wickerwork, hurdle
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with HURDLE



: to jump over (something) while running

: to deal with (a problem or difficulty) successfully

hur·dledhur·dling \ˈhərd-liŋ, ˈhər-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of HURDLE

transitive verb
:  to leap over especially while running (as in a sporting competition)
hur·dler \ˈhərd-lər, ˈhər-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of HURDLE

  1. The horse hurdled the fence.

First Known Use of HURDLE


Rhymes with HURDLE


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