hurl

verb
\ 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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Some began hurling stones at the troops, who also fired rubber bullets. José De Córdoba And Daniela Blandón, WSJ, "Violence Erupts in Venezuela Border Showdown," 23 Feb. 2019 Critics say that police on Saturday failed to prevent an attack on players from the Boca Juniors soccer club when River Plate fans hurled stones and other objects at their team bus as they were headed to play a championship match. Almudena Calatrava, The Seattle Times, "Security concerns arise as Argentina hosts G-20," 27 Nov. 2018 Wilson also hurled racial slurs and insults at the conductor, the plea agreement describes. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Acid-tripping neo-Nazi from Missouri disabled train to ‘save it from black people,’ feds say," 13 July 2018 When life kept hurling curve balls at him, the baseball prospect turned engineer turned patent attorney found a way to stay alive at the plate. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Athalonz's Tim Markison helping make sports 'healthy for the future'," 28 June 2018 For me, the boiling point in 2014 came when a group of angry, American flag-waving right-wingers surrounded buses and hurled epithets at buses of migrants trying to reach a government facility in Murietta, Calif. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Some of the pictures of border kids that haunt me most are from 2014. Here's why | Will Bunch," 24 June 2018 But there still are a few vulgarities so offensive, so crude that even comedians usually avoid them, particularly when hurling a personal insult. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Let's talk about the c-word -- and why it's so taboo," 2 June 2018 Those sound like the taunts Attorney General Bill Schuette's opponents are hurling at the veteran Republican politician during his current campaign for Michigan governor. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "How 1 lost election changed Michigan governor candidate Bill Schuette," 25 May 2018 On Saturday-morning TV, Aquaman always seemed to be hurling whirling balls of water. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "I Want to Be Aquaman When I Grow Up . . .," 13 Dec. 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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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 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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