verb (used with object), hur·dled, hur·dling.
verb (used without object), hur·dled, hur·dling.
Origin of hurdle
Related Words for hurdlecomplication, handicap, snag, difficulty, impediment, hindrance, surmount, conquer, mountain, traverse, bar, fence, blockade, rub, interference, obstruction, barricade, hedge, hamper, wall
Examples from the Web for hurdle
Contemporary Examples of hurdle
Once I got over that hurdle, it was as if a huge weight had lifted and I was not scared anymore.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
In the meantime, just as the bill passed its first hurdle, snow flakes started to fall down on the Capitol.Quirky Reindeer Farmer Keeps Government Open for Christmas
December 11, 2014
As the recruitment process begins, the question of motivation could also prove to be a hurdle.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS
November 25, 2014
If the two companies can overcome that hurdle, they must then clear three others to secure the exemption they seek.Why Is the Future of Birth Control In the Hands of the Supreme Court?
Stuart Taylor, Jr.
March 20, 2014
Still, assuming Kasich survives his 2014 reelection race, he easily clears the hurdle of having gotten stuff done.The Governors Who Could Beat Christie
November 8, 2013
Historical Examples of hurdle
No such thing as a good handicap, nor a hurdle race for a finish, without you.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
Fanny, also, nearly did for Harry Nesbitt, by riding a hurdle race.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
He is at home in polo or hurdle racing, with the rifle or revolver.As A Chinaman Saw Us
On the 16th his body was drawn and quartered and dragged through London on a hurdle.Highways & Byways in Sussex
A race meeting, which included a hurdle race, was being held.Reminiscences of Queensland
William Henry Corfield
- athleticsone of a number of light barriers over which runners leap in certain events
- a low barrier used in certain horse races
Word Origin for hurdle
Old English hyrdel "frame of intertwined twigs used as a temporary barrier," diminutive of hyrd "door," from Proto-Germanic *hurdiz "wickerwork frame, hurdle" (cf. Old Saxon hurth "plaiting, netting," Dutch horde "wickerwork," German Hürde "hurdle, fold, pen;" Old Norse hurð, Gothic haurds "door"), from PIE *krtis (cf. Latin cratis "hurdle, wickerwork," Greek kartalos "a kind of basket," kyrtos "fishing creel"), from root *kert- "to weave, twist together" (cf. Sanskrit krt "to spin"). Sense of "barrier to jump in a race" is by 1822; figurative sense of "obstacle" is 1924.
1590s, "to build like a hurdle," from hurdle (n.). Sense of "to jump over" dates from 1880 (implied in hurdling). Related: Hurdled; hurdling. Hurdles as a type of race (originally horse race) with hurdles as obstacles is attested by 1836 (hurdle-race is from 1822).