Definition of hurl in English:

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Pronunciation: /hərl/


[with object]
1Throw (an object) with great force: rioters hurled a brick through the windshield of a car
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  • Chairs were thrown, objects hurled, electrical disturbances came and went.
  • Another resident, who not be named for fear of reprisals, said she lived in constant fear of having a brick hurled through her window.
  • The police, instead of stopping the massacre, hurled tear-gas at the protestors converting them into sitting ducks.
1.1Push or impel (someone) violently: I seized Nathan and hurled him into the lobby figurative he hurled himself into the job with enthusiasm
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  • They attack the car by hurling their bodies directly into it.
  • The sheer force of it hurled them apart, sending them both flying through the air.
1.2Utter (abuse) vehemently: they were hurling insults over a back fence
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  • One night they were hurling the choicest of abuses on journalists.
  • I have seen what Michael is referring to, plus the abuse which is hurled at apprentice referees from the bleachers is driving a number of them from the scene also.
  • Racist abuse that has been hurled at Chris Billy and myself, along with black players from other clubs, should not be happening - let alone from our own fans.
1.3 [no object] informal Vomit: it made me want to hurl
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  • But the sight made me sick all of a sudden and I felt like hurling.
  • The one your friends think is adorable, even when it hurls on their shoes?
  • That is on top of this story from last week by that made me feel like hurling when I read it.


Middle English: probably imitative, but corresponding in form and partly in sense with Low German hurreln.

Words that rhyme with hurl

birl, burl, churl, curl, earl, Erle, furl, girl, herl, knurl, merle, pas seul, pearl, purl, Searle, skirl, squirl, swirl, twirl, whirl, whorl

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