[ hur-ling ]
/ ˈhɜr lɪŋ /


the act of throwing or casting, especially with great force or strength.
a traditionally Irish game played by two teams of 15 players each on a rectangular field 140 yards (128 meters) long, points being scored by hitting, pushing, carrying, or throwing the leather-covered ball between the goalposts at the opponent's end of the field with a wide-bladed stick resembling a hockey stick.
(in parts of Britain, especially Cornwall) a traditional, rural game in which two groups of players, using methods similar to those of football, vie for possession of a ball or other object and try to carry or hurl it into their own parish, village, farm, etc.

Origin of hurling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hurl, -ing1

Definition for hurling (2 of 2)


[ 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 hurling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɜːlɪŋ) /


a traditional Irish game resembling hockey and lacrosse, played with sticks and a ball between two teams of 15 players each

British Dictionary definitions for hurling (2 of 2)


/ (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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