[ 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 formshurl·er, nounout·hurl, verb (used with object)un·hurled, adjective
Can be confusedhurdle hurl hurtle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formshurler, noun

Word Origin for hurl

C13: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for hurl



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.

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