hurl

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verb \ˈhər(-ə)l\

Definition of hurl

hurled

;

hurling

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. 3a :  to throw forcefully :  fling hurled the manuscript into the fire hurled myself over the fenceb :  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 and Etymology 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


HURL Defined for English Language Learners

hurl

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verb \ˈhər(-ə)l\

Definition of hurl for English Language Learners

  • : to throw (something) with force

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


HURL Defined for Kids

hurl

play
verb \ˈhərl\

Definition of hurl for Students

hurled

;

hurling

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



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