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hurled; hurling\ ˈhər-​liŋ How to pronounce hurl (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 hurl (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 In one of the most emotional games in Yankee history, the last day of the season, October 6, 1985 in Toronto, Niekro became the oldest pitcher in history to hurl a shutout, 8-0 against the Blue Jays, for the 300th win of his career. Bill Madden,, "Phil Niekro, Braves and Yankees pitcher whose knuckleball earned him spot in Hall of Fame, dies at 81," 27 Dec. 2020 And a third part of me wants to write the C.E.O. an extremely detailed email, hurl my work computer into a pond, buy hormones for cheap on the black market, and retreat to a cabin in the woods to write for several months uninterrupted. Roxane Gay, New York Times, "No More All-Nighters!," 24 Dec. 2020 Kimone Nunis, 29, told the Union-Tribune that her father was in the throes of a panic attack, and tried to hurl himself out of a window. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "More family members sue Chula Vista over death of father after struggle with police," 7 Dec. 2020 The paramedics hurl the tan chair onto the bed to create room, then take Jack by stretcher down to the courtyard. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 Unusually strong words to hurl at America’s Department of Justice and its Drug Enforcement Administration. The Economist, "Painkiller wars American lawmen are going after Opioids Inc," 31 Oct. 2020 Assembled from lumber scraps and household objects, the device will hurl Twix and Skittles to the edge of their driveway, possibly beyond. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Halloween candy catapults, chutes and ziplines: How some will greet trick-or-treaters in 2020," 29 Oct. 2020 The 6-foot-5, 270-pound security guard then reached for the phone, prompting Jessica Hill to allegedly pick up a trash can and hurl it at the guard’s face. Washington Post, "A guard asked two sisters to put on a mask. They stabbed him 27 times instead, prosecutors say.," 28 Oct. 2020 Accordingly, white doctors’ silence when white patients hurl racial slurs at their Black colleagues is equally damaging to health. Rupinder Kaur Legha, Scientific American, "Teaching Antiracism to the Next Generation of Doctors," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hurl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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