[ hur-dl ]
/ ˈhɜr dl /


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

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

to leap over a hurdle or other barrier.

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

Related forms

hur·dler, nounun·hur·dled, adjective

Can be confused

hurdle hurl hurtle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hurdle

British Dictionary definitions for hurdle


/ (ˈhɜːdəl) /


  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


Derived Forms

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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