\ 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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Ramirez’s second goal, flicking a cross from Dallin Cutler past Cal United goalkeeper Kifi Cabrera, brought the first smoke bomb in 1904 FC history, hurled by the fan club onto the field behind the goal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pro soccer team 1904 FC wins its home debut at SDCCU Stadium," 14 Sep. 2019 Once again, the story takes us to Bird Island, the setting of the original 2016 film and an avian paradise inhabited by flightless birds who, as in the game, travel via a slingshot that hurls them to their destination. Pat Padua, Twin Cities, "‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ is better than you think. Wait, we’re serious.," 13 Aug. 2019 All those skyscrapers littering the backdrop of the Roy corporate boardroom suddenly seem like so many shiny platforms for Kendall to eventually hurl himself from. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Succession Is Better Than Ever," 11 Aug. 2019 Before the protest on Sunday, workers had erected barriers around the liaison office and glued down nearby pavement stones to prevent them from being dug up and hurled by demonstrators. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protest: Clashes With Police Turn Downtown Into Tear Gas-Filled Battlefield," 28 July 2019 Before the protest on Sunday, workers had erected barriers around the liaison office and glued down nearby pavement stones to prevent them from being dug up and hurled by demonstrators. Austin Ramzy,, "Clashes with police turn Hong Kong’s downtown into tear gas-filled battlefield," 28 July 2019 From polka to flamenco, from hurling to storytelling, the programming runs the Old World gamut during this weekendlong fest. Web Behrens,, "15 things to do with the kids Sept. 16-22," 15 Sep. 2019 Connecticut’s law does not separately cover police, so the 20-year-old accused of hurling a brick at the cruiser in Hartford last year was charged with a hate crime for the racial element of the attack. Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, "As hate crime laws expand, who to exclude as victims?," 12 Sep. 2019 Live feeds from the scene showed crowds booing riot police, who accused demonstrators of hurling objects as well as insults. Time Staff, Time, "Protesters Storm Hong Kong International Airport and Disrupt Transport Links," 1 Sep. 2019

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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 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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