hurl

verb
\ˈhər(-ə)l \
hurled; hurling\ˈhər-​liŋ \

Definition of hurl 

transitive verb

1 : to send or thrust with great vigor the forces that were to be hurled against the Turks— N. T. Gilroy

2 : to throw down with violence

3a : to throw forcefully : fling hurled the manuscript into the fire hurled myself over the fence

b : pitch sense 2a

4 : to utter with vehemence hurled insults at the police

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Other Words from hurl

hurl noun
hurler \ˈhər-​lər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of hurl in a Sentence

Someone hurled a rock through the window. He hurled a chair at me. It looked like she was going to hurl herself down the stairs. The protesters hurled insults at us.
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Moments before the game started, riot police charged into the stands to break up AEK fans who hurled flares and smoke canisters. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "7 more teams qualify for Champions League knockout stage," 27 Nov. 2018 They’re active participants, as when Lila hurls stones back at the boys who attack her — and Elena steps in to help. Anna North, Vox, "My Brilliant Friend pulls back the curtain on women’s lives. What it reveals is dark and violent.," 20 Nov. 2018 Racist invective, misogyny, rape and death threats, all hurled at her constantly, unrelentingly, transforming what had been a Cinderella story — The Last Jedi was Tran’s first major film —into a modern-day nightmare. Marc Bernardin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toxic Fandom Is Killing 'Star Wars'," 11 June 2018 The video - which grabbed more than 500,000 views in two days - plunged the 37-year-old singer/fashion entrepreneur into mommy time-out as parents questioned the wisdom of hurling a child with a broken arm into the water like that. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Jessica Simpson's 4-year-old goes flying through the air in pool video. Moms freak out," 27 June 2018 Witnesses said a man in police uniform tried to hurl a grenade at the stage after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressed a crowd of tens of thousands cheering a wave of reforms in Africa’s second most populous country. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "US sends FBI experts to investigate deadly Ethiopia blast," 25 June 2018 Geologists have warned that the summit could have a separate explosive steam eruption that would hurl huge rocks and ash miles into the sky. Sophia Yan And Audrey Mcavoy, chicagotribune.com, "Quakes damage roads as ash spews from Hawaii volcano," 17 May 2018 The House has used its investigative apparatus to hurl a continuous series of calumnies at Mueller and the FBI. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "In Year Two, Mueller Is Wading Into a Bottomless Pit of Trump Sleaze," 17 May 2018 Another commandeered a frozen-drink cart and used its loudspeaker to hurl insults in Hebrew. The Economist, "Deadly protests on Gaza’s border with Israel," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of hurl

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hurl

Middle English

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Dictionary Entries near hurl

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huri

hurkle

hurl

hurlbarrow

hurlbat

hurlement

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The first known use of hurl was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for hurl

hurl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hurl

: to throw (something) with force

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

hurl

verb
\ˈhərl \
hurled; hurling

Kids Definition of hurl

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

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