[ hurl ]
/ hɜrl /

verb (used with object)

to throw or fling with great force or vigor.
to throw or cast down.
to utter with vehemence: to hurl insults at the umpire.

verb (used without object)

to throw a missile.
Baseball. to pitch a ball.


a forcible or violent throw; fling.

Origin of hurl

1175–1225; Middle English hurlen, equivalent to hur- (perhaps akin to hurry) + -len -le; akin to Low German hurreln to toss, Frisian hurreln to roar (said of the wind), dialectal German hurlen to roll, rumble (said of thunder)

Related forms

hurl·er, nounout·hurl, verb (used with object)un·hurled, adjective

Can be confused

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

Examples from the Web for hurl

British Dictionary definitions for hurl


/ (hɜːl) /


(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

Derived Forms

hurler, noun

Word Origin for hurl

C13: probably of imitative origin
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