hurdle

[ hur-dl ]
/ ˈhɜr dl /

noun

verb (used with object), hur·dled, hur·dling.

verb (used without object), hur·dled, hur·dling.

to leap over a hurdle or other barrier.

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Origin of hurdle

before 900; Middle English hirdel, hurdel (noun), Old English hyrdel, equivalent to hyrd- + -el noun suffix; compare German Hürde hurdle; akin to Latin crātis hurdle, wickerwork, Greek kýrtos basket, cage, Sanskrit kṛt spin

OTHER WORDS FROM hurdle

hurdler, nounun·hur·dled, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hurdle

hurdle , hurl, hurtle
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British Dictionary definitions for hurdle

hurdle
/ (ˈhɜːdəl) /

noun

  1. athletics one of a number of light barriers over which runners leap in certain events
  2. a low barrier used in certain horse races
an obstacle to be overcome
a light framework of interlaced osiers, wattle, etc, used as a temporary fence
British a sledge on which criminals were dragged to their executions

verb

Derived forms of hurdle

hurdler, noun

Word Origin for hurdle

Old English hyrdel; related to Gothic haurds door, Old Norse hurth door, Old High German hurd, Latin crātis, Greek kurtos basket
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