\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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And there’s less of an incentive to waste time hurling yourself on the grass when your team needs to score a goal. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Analytics of Neymar’s Flopping," 5 July 2018 In addition to the comets that could have been hurled in by Scholz's star, the study found eight objects that may be new interstellar candidates. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How a Passing Star 70,000 Years Ago Changed the Solar System," 26 Mar. 2018 Parsons’ favorite scene to perform in the new movie was a prolonged blowout argument with Danes in which both parents hurl low-blow insults in their living room, each blaming the other for Jake’s gender expression. Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Big Bang Theory’ star Jim Parsons talks about new movie ‘A Kid Like Jake’," 4 June 2018 Geologists warn that Kilauea's summit could have an explosive steam eruption that would hurl rocks and ash miles into the sky. CBS News, "New lava fissure opens as Hawaii awaits explosive eruption," 13 May 2018 But that doesn't stop you from hurling insults in the direction of the farmer from behind the wheel. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "What to do if you're stuck behind slooow farm equipment," 26 Apr. 2018 President Donald Trump and Beijing have been hurling tit-for-tat tariffs at each other in recent weeks, following Trump’s decision in March to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Trump's Potential Answer to Farmers' Trade War Woes? This Depression-Era Aid Program," 12 Apr. 2018 According to a redacted police incident report, the couple, Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov, were standing near restrooms when four men approached them seemingly at random and hurled anti-gay slurs at them in Spanish. John Paul Brammer /, NBC News, "Gay couple brutally attacked after Miami Beach pride event," 10 Apr. 2018 However, other internet videos appeared to show Vikings fans having full beer cans and bottles hurled in their directions, while being issued with insulting salutes by their Philadelphia counterparts. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Eagles fans fight with police before NFC Championship game against Vikings," 21 Jan. 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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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 \
hurled; hurling

Kids Definition of hurl

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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