[ hur-tl ]
/ ˈhɜr tl /

verb (used without object), hur·tled, hur·tling.

to rush violently; move with great speed: The car hurtled down the highway.
to move or go noisily or resoundingly, as with violent or rapid motion: The sound was deafening, as tons of snow hurtled down the mountain.
Archaic. to strike together or against something; collide.

verb (used with object), hur·tled, hur·tling.

to drive violently; fling; dash.
Archaic. to dash against; collide with.


Archaic. clash; collision; shock; clatter.

Origin of hurtle

1175–1225; Middle English hurtle, equivalent to hurt(en) (see hurt) + -le -le

Can be confused

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hurtle


/ (ˈhɜːtəl) /


to project or be projected very quickly, noisily, or violently
(intr) rare to collide or crash

Word Origin for hurtle

C13 hurtlen, from hurten to strike; see hurt 1
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