\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The centerpiece is a Spider-Man ride in which guests will board vehicles and hurl webs at the vastly multiplying Spider-Bots that have escaped. Scott Craven, azcentral, "From Epcot's update to a Spider-Man ride, everything Disney revealed about its parks at D23," 26 Aug. 2019 The prosecutor said Save and his older brother shared their apartment and got into an argument that turned physical when Save hurled a lamp at the brother. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutor: Poway man fired gun to scare brother; killed next door tenant," 21 Aug. 2019 Once night fell, Axemen made John and the other four initiates lie on their stomachs in the dirt, pressed together shoulder to shoulder, and hurled insults at them. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 Drinking a beer while hurling axes at a wooden target seems like a possible prelude to an emergency room trip, but Central Florida ax venue owners contend the injury risks are comparable to other recreational activities. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Hatchets and beer: Central Florida venues say ax throwing no more dangerous than golf, bowling," 16 Aug. 2019 Yet there’s another chunk of Knicks fans, who like James Dolan perhaps, will opt to sneer at Porzingis and decry his escape to Dallas, hurling boos at the faux-savior of the franchise. Michael Shapiro,, "NBA Schedule Release: Interesting Storylines That Will Shape the 2019-20 Season," 13 Aug. 2019 Beyond his grievances with the appeals court, the disciplinary board also highlighted derogatory comments Burge hurled from the bench at defendants who appeared before him in court. Kaylee Remington,, "Ohio Supreme Court suspends former Lorain County judge’s law license, stems from 2015 misconduct conviction," 13 Aug. 2019 These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Constance Grady, Vox, "Taylor Swift’s explanation for not endorsing Hillary Clinton actually makes a lot of sense," 8 Aug. 2019 In Tin Shui Wai, police fired tear gas after facing off with demonstrators who were surrounding the police station and hurling stones at officers. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "City-wide strikes bring Hong Kong to a standstill," 5 Aug. 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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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of hurl was in the 13th century

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How to pronounce hurl (audio)

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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