- to throw or fling with great force or vigor.
- to throw or cast down.
- to utter with vehemence: to hurl insults at the umpire.
- to throw a missile.
- Baseball. to pitch a ball.
- a forcible or violent throw; fling.
Origin of hurl
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Examples from the Web for hurled
The T.C.B.S. started off in comfort in 1911 but were hurled into darkness from 1914.Why World War I Is at the Heart of ‘Lord of the Rings’
July 29, 2014
Even during the occupy protests in 2012, few criticisms were hurled by the “screwed generation” at tech titans.Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes
April 25, 2014
On December 12 police said a grenade was hurled at a minivan carrying two British tourists.
Young men took to the streets, hurled grenades and burned churches.
Charges of naivete, cluelessness, and “nonsense demagoguery” were hurled back and forth.On CPAC Day 2, the Libertarian Wing Takes Over
March 8, 2014
Well, Shepler might be hurled from that certainty by one hour of determined action.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Only Maulo, the camp jester, hurled a facetious comment at the corpse.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Creon caught him around the waist and hurled him to the ground.Buried Cities, Part 2
His brain was hot as with fire, and he hurled epithets at the enemy.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Wahb could have hurled him across the Graybull with one tap now.The Biography of a Grizzly
- (tr) to throw or propel with great force
- (tr) to utter with force; yellto hurl insults
- (hʌrl) Scot to transport or be transported in a driven vehicle
- the act or an instance of hurling
- (hʌrl) Scot a ride in a driven vehicle
Word Origin and History for hurled
early 13c., hurlen, "to run against (each other), come into collision," later "throw forcibly" (c.1300); "rush violently" (late 14c.); perhaps related to Low German hurreln "to throw, to dash," and East Frisian hurreln "to roar, to bluster." OED suggests all are from an imitative Germanic base *hurr "expressing rapid motion;" see also hurry. The noun is attested from late 14c., originally "rushing water." For difference between hurl and hurtle (which apparently were confused since early Middle English) see hurtle.