Definition of hurl in English:


Syllabification: hurl
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.
    throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, bowl, launch, catapult; project, propel, let fly, fire
    informal chuck, heave, sling, peg
    dated shy
  • 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.

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