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 If startled, a New Zealand giraffe weevil will hurl itself from a tree. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 They were thrilled to see complex, rambunctious women get to do all the things men get to do in movies – ride motorcycles, hurl themselves off cliffs, and fly planes. Karen Cinorre, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Oct. 2021 Syncing with the increasing potency of Coltrane's saxophone, Condo would hurl paint at the canvas, then demolish and resurrect the human forms that appeared in its wake. CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Before the 2017 Wine Country fires ushered in a new era of mega-fires each year, a wildfire could be expected to hurl embers a mile or two ahead, said Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at UC Berkeley. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 Winds of that ferocity not only can drive the fire’s forward march but also can hurl embers over containment lines and spark new fires. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Play is aggressive, as the teams jostle for position and hurl the ball toward the goal. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2021 The event will feature bounce houses, a firetruck, free COVID-19 vaccines, line dancing, a DJ, free food, a raffle giveaway, and the opportunity to hurl a pie in the face of local leaders. Dallas News, 21 July 2021 The billionaires had locked themselves in a dude-bro cold war, each eager to make history as the very first head of a space tourism brand to hurl himself into the thermosphere. Boone Ashworth, Wired, 18 July 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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17 Oct 2021

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“Hurl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hurl. Accessed 20 Oct. 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
: vomit

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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