Why was clemency trending last week?


[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 forms
hurler, noun
outhurl, verb (used with object)
unhurled, adjective
Can be confused
hurdle, hurl, hurtle.
1. cast, pitch. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for hurled
  • And the village's legions of children greeted them with rocks, hurled artillery-style over mud walls.
  • Many people were crushed by debris or when the sea hurled them against structures.
  • Before he could order them to be dropped, however, a ghastly jolt hurled the sailors to the deck.
  • He unfastens his neck brace, demonstrating how in anger he hurled it across the room.
  • These disagreements often result in insults being hurled back and forth.
  • Their dynamic brains hurled off their words, as the revolving stone hurls off scraps of grit.
  • Footage of his lap had to be bleeped considerably because he hurled obscenities throughout his drive.
  • But the charge of neglecting important complications anyway needs to be hurled back at advocates of affirmative action.
  • They burnt car tires and hurled rocks and bricks at the police.
  • Infantrymen wearing gas masks hurled hundreds of tear-gas grenades at the dispersing crowd.
British Dictionary definitions for hurled


(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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for hurled



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for hurled


  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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hurl

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hurled

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with hurled

Nearby words for hurled