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verb \ˈhər(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of hurl

  • : to throw (something) with force

  • : to say or shout (something, such as an insult) in a loud and forceful way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hurl

hurledhurling play \ˈhər-liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  rush, hurtle

  3. 2 :  pitch 5a, b

  4. 3 :  vomit

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to send or thrust with great vigor <the forces that were to be hurled against the Turks — N. T. Gilroy>

  7. 2 :  to throw down with violence

  8. 3 a :  to throw forcefully :  fling <hurled the manuscript into the fire> <hurled myself over the fence> b :  pitch 2a

  9. 4 :  to utter with vehemence <hurled insults at the police>

hurl noun
hurler play \ˈhər-lər\ noun

Examples of hurl in a sentence

  1. Someone hurled a rock through the window.

  2. He hurled a chair at me.

  3. It looked like she was going to hurl herself down the stairs.

  4. The protesters hurled insults at us.

Origin of hurl

Middle English

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of hurl

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm <can throw a fastball and a curve>. cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering <cast it to the winds>. toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion <tossed the coat on the bed>. fling stresses a violent throwing <flung the ring back in his face>. hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight <hurled himself at the intruder>. pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target <pitch horseshoes>. sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim <slung the bag over his shoulder>.

Rhymes with hurl

HURL Defined for Kids


verb \ˈhərl\

Definition of hurl for Students


  1. :  to throw with force <We hurled buckets of water on the flames.>

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