hurl

[ 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.

noun

a forcible or violent throw; fling.

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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM hurl

hurler, nounouthurl, verb (used with object)un·hurled, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hurl

hurdle, hurl , hurtle
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British Dictionary definitions for hurl

hurl
/ (hɜːl) /

verb

(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

noun

the act or an instance of hurling
(hʌrl) Scot a ride in a driven vehicle

Derived forms of hurl

hurler, noun

Word Origin for hurl

C13: probably of imitative origin
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