\ 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 There are people who feel entitled to hurl horrendous insults at me and my family. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 The 3-million-square-foot expanse is welcoming them into the space, allowing children and pre-teens to hurl themselves at barricades amid the massive indoor attractions, including Legoland, roller coasters, a water park, and a year-round ski slope. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2022 As the sun sets, the atmosphere takes on a new form with the amazing strobe effect and the all-red beams that hurl you into a science fiction backdrop. Ben Flanagan |, al, 31 Aug. 2022 Before people can walk on the moon again, NASA needs to make a reliable transportation system that can hurl them away from Earth and bring them to their destination safe and sound. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 27 Aug. 2022 Many jumping robots are designed, in part, to help researchers study how beings from fleas to humans hurl their bodies into the air. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 27 Apr. 2022 State Republican chairman Ben Proto publicly implored the candidates to avoid hammering each other and instead hurl their political blows at U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a powerhouse Democrat who is preparing for the general election. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 7 Aug. 2022 Fiedler and an employee at his shop recalled the shooting, the stabbing and a strange episode in which teens began to hurl large rocks in the alley behind their row of shops. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 Also, a pitcher who can hurl it 90-plus mph, Lonergan plans to play both at the next level according to The State. Nick Alvarez |, al, 23 June 2022 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 30 Sep. 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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