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.

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)

hurler, noun
outhurl, verb (used with object)
unhurled, adjective

hurdle, hurl, hurtle.

1. cast, pitch. Unabridged
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hurl (hɜːl)
1.  (tr) to throw or propel with great force
2.  (tr) to utter with force; yell: to hurl insults
3.  (Scot) to transport or be transported in a driven vehicle
4.  the act or an instance of hurling
5.  (Scot) a ride in a driven vehicle
[C13: probably of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., hurlen, probably related to Low Ger. hurreln "to throw, to dash," and E.Fris. hurreln "to roar, to bluster." OED suggests all are from onomatopoeic *hurr "expressing rapid motion;" see also hurry. For difference between hurl and hurtle (which apparently were confused since early M.E.) see
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Example sentences
The invective some members of the group hurl at one another is sometimes as
  fierce as the insults they throw at wealthier nations.
To test the laws of physics, they will hurl themselves against walls, roll on
  the floor and dive from scaffolds.
Your smoker's cough is so bad it makes me want to hurl.
Governments hurl money at it when trying to fix failing economies.
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