\ ˈhər(-ə)l How to pronounce hurl (audio) \
hurled; hurling\ ˈhər-​liŋ How to pronounce hurling (audio) \

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
4 : to utter with vehemence hurled insults at the police

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Other Words from hurl

hurl noun
hurler \ ˈhər-​lər How to pronounce hurler (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The vehicle’s supposedly armoured-glass windows shattered when a steel ball was hurled at them during a demonstration. The Economist, "Business this week," 30 Nov. 2019 Protesters hurled gasoline bombs, bricks and other objects at police, who responded with volleys of tear gas. Author: Eileen Ng, John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, "Hong Kong protester shot as China marks its 70th anniversary," 1 Oct. 2019 Protesters hurled gasoline bombs, bricks and other objects at police, who responded with volleys of tear gas. John Leicester, The Denver Post, "Hong Kong protester shot as China marks its 70th anniversary," 1 Oct. 2019 There, protesters hurled objects including umbrellas, helmets, and bottles at the police, who were at one point vastly outnumbered. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Photos: Hong Kong police fight protesters in a luxury shopping mall," 14 July 2019 Radicals also hurled petrol bombs into a train depot. Time Staff, Time, "As Hong Kong's Leader Pledges to 'Listen Humbly,' Protesters Return to the Streets," 1 Jan. 2020 Someone from the Black Hole hurled nachos that hit the target. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: From relocation to Oakland finale, Raiders fans deserved better than what team gave them," 16 Dec. 2019 Protesters have hurled Molotov cocktails, bricks, and arrows at police. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Behind huge Hong Kong march, a dramatic show of public support," 9 Dec. 2019 The protesters hurled bricks and a few Molotov cocktails at the police. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Hong Kong’s Protest Movement and the Fight for the City’s Soul," 9 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hurl.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hurl.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce hurl (audio)

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


\ ˈhərl How to pronounce hurl (audio) \
hurled; hurling

Kids Definition of hurl

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

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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