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hurl

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verb (used with object)
  1. to throw or fling with great force or vigor.
  2. to throw or cast down.
  3. to utter with vehemence: to hurl insults at the umpire.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to throw a missile.
  2. Baseball. to pitch a ball.
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noun
  1. 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)
Related formshurl·er, nounout·hurl, verb (used with object)un·hurled, adjective
Can be confusedhurdle hurl hurtle

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1. cast, pitch.
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for hurler

Historical Examples

  • By-the-by, I see you have made use of the word 'howl' (hurler).

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

  • And the people shouted, "There has never been such a hurler in this land!"

  • A hurler should be able to run like a hare, hide like a rabbit, leap like a kangaroo, and climb like a monkey.

  • He is the hurler of javelins who makes feeble the hands of the foe; those whom he strikes never more lift the lance.

  • Indra, the hurler of the thunder-bolt, had fought with the tribes whose offering of Soma he had drunk.


British Dictionary definitions for hurler

hurl

verb
  1. (tr) to throw or propel with great force
  2. (tr) to utter with force; yellto hurl insults
  3. (hʌrl) Scot to transport or be transported in a driven vehicle
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of hurling
  2. (hʌrl) Scot a ride in a driven vehicle
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Derived Formshurler, noun

Word Origin

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

hurl

v.

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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