\ ˈhər(-ə)l How to pronounce hurl (audio) \
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web SpaceX will blow up these prototypes until one stays intact, until the company can confidently hurl a spaceship into orbit, loop it around Earth, and bring it back home. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 11 Feb. 2022 In the industry more generally, parks are moving toward giant airbags for guests to hurl themselves onto rather than foam pits, which are harder to clean and need to be frequently replaced. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Eloise goes straight to Madame Delacroix to hurl accusations, but the Featheringtons arrive in time for Pen to intercede. Sara Netzley,, 26 Mar. 2022 Every single one is inviting -- scratch that, begging! -- travelers to toil across the sand and hurl themselves into the beautiful abyss. Kevin Raub, CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 Those hoping to get a lot closer to the ground can strap into a bungee harness and hurl themselves overboard. Hannah Weinberger, Outside Online, 23 July 2014 The police had pushed the few dozen remaining protesters off the Capitol grounds, but some continued to hurl threats and obscenities at a line of officers in riot gear. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 This has led some conservatives to hurl their favorite accusation at the left: Progressives are hypocrites! Damon Linker, The Week, 15 Feb. 2022 Making that large a withdrawal will almost certainly hurl you into a much higher tax bracket and increase your Medicare premiums. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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\ 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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