the act of throwing or casting, especially with great force or strength.
a traditionally Irish game played by two teams of 15 players each on a rectangular field 140 yards (128 meters) long, points being scored by hitting, pushing, carrying, or throwing the leather-covered ball between the goalposts at the opponent's end of the field with a wide-bladed stick resembling a hockey stick.
(in parts of Britain, especially Cornwall) a traditional, rural game in which two groups of players, using methods similar to those of football, vie for possession of a ball or other object and try to carry or hurl it into their own parish, village, farm, etc.

1350–1400; Middle English; see hurl, -ing1 Unabridged


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]

hurling (ˈhɜːlɪŋ)
a traditional Irish game resembling hockey and lacrosse, played with sticks and a ball between two teams of 15 players each

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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

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.
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Example sentences
The ground heaved and pitched, hurling furniture, snapping trees and destroying
  barns and homesteads.
Imagine hurling a smartphone off the roof of a building and recording its fall
  all the way down.
At this stage, your whole comment amounts to unqualified elephant hurling.
Speedy was stomping through the mud, hurling paper into the underbrush.
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