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[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.
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 forms
hurler, noun
outhurl, verb (used with object)
unhurled, adjective
Can be confused
hurdle, hurl, hurtle.
1. cast, pitch. Unabridged
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Examples for hurl
  • 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.
  • The tears of another hypocrite make me want to hurl.
  • The kids can place mounted guns, collect coins and hurl snowballs at the incoming enemies.
  • Then they take a good running start and hurl themselves square into it, sending fence slats flying.
  • It seems you fall substantially short of supporting that untenable position as you instead opted to hurl insults and barbs.
  • When a visitor appears, the rats hurl themselves screaming toward their bars.
  • The accusations that fill its pages are the kind scholars regularly hurl at their polemical opponents.
British Dictionary definitions for hurl


(transitive) to throw or propel with great force
(transitive) to utter with force; yell to hurl insults
(Scot) (hʌrl). to transport or be transported in a driven vehicle
the act or an instance of hurling
(Scot) (hʌrl). a ride in a driven vehicle
Derived Forms
hurler, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hurl
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 hurtle.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hurl


  1. To pitch: after hurling five frames in three games (1908+ Baseball)
  2. o vomit: Somebody hurled, which was so gross it made somebody else hurl (1992+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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