\ 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 Ohio State commit Clay Burdette started at third and will hurl some for the Crusaders. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Future is bright for Mason, Moeller baseball thanks to talented underclassmen," 31 Mar. 2021 Patrick declined to hurl another dart at Abbott, a fellow Republican. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Senate approves plan to levy $1M a day fines for power companies that don’t weatherize plants," 29 Mar. 2021 Walter was happy to hurl the slur out the passenger-side window as many times as was necessary to get the shot. Denise Martin, Vulture, "Arrested Development’s Jessica Walter on 5 Classic Lucille Bluth GIFs," 25 Mar. 2021 Apophis is projected to hurl by Earth while just about 19,000 miles away, according to The Planetary Society. Julia Musto, Fox News, "'God of Chaos' asteroid to pass by Earth this week," 4 Mar. 2021 Icebergs were a constant threat, closing off passages and occasionally exploding to hurl deadly ice missiles at the ship. Star Tribune, "Review: 'Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World,' by Andrea Pitzer," 8 Jan. 2021 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

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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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8 Apr 2021

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“Hurl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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