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
verbal noun of hurl (q.v.); attested 1527 as a form of hockey played in Ireland; c.1600 as the name of a game like hand-ball that once was popular in Cornwall.