hurl

verb
\ 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

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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 The asteroid is expected to hurl past Earth at a distance of 4.5 million miles away and at a velocity of 40,000 mph. Julia Musto, Fox News, 2 June 2021 The goal is simple: finding ways to hurl the baseball toward the plate as violently and unpredictably as possible. David Brandt, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 Trump often used Twitter to hurl insults, settle scores and promote baseless conspiracy theories. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2021 Falmouth 19, Nantucket 0 — Phoebe Cutter and Anna Velesig combined to hurl a no-hitter for the Clippers (1-0) in Cape & Islands League play. BostonGlobe.com, 8 May 2021 The members were continuing to hurl insults and complaints in email exchanges even as the organization met April 20 with the publicists and activists. Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2021 When a detective, seeing a youth about to hurl a stone, arrested him, there was a movement toward the detective which was frustrated by the prompt arrival of motorcycle policemen. Ben Welter, Star Tribune, 29 May 2020 Did the two of them really once hurl themselves off the end of the dock into the freezing, heart-shocking water, laughing their heads off? Margaret Atwood, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 One member in the group was using a megaphone to hurl a slew of profanities at two officers who were inside the vehicle with the windows rolled up. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 10 Apr. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Hurl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hurl. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for hurl

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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