• (America) IPA: /hɝl/

hurl (hurls, present participle hurling; past and past participle hurled)

  1. (transitive) To throw (something) with force.
    • a. 1722, Matthew Prior, “Fragment”, in H. Bunker Wright, Monroe K. Spears, editors, The Literary Works of Matthew Prior, volume I, Second edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1971, pages 720–721:
      Thou shalt have Preists immers’t in lust and gluttony
      And bishops three times married, thy cathedrals
      The Seats where Prayer and hospitality
      Should dwel, shall be the taverns
      Where Drunken bowles incessantly goe round
      In leud debauch and midnight dice are hurld,
      The beds wherein the wearied Pilgrim us’d
      To ease his crippled Limbs, he now shall find
      Possess’t with Women, nurses, she attandants,
      And a Dishonest brood of ugly children.
  2. (transitive) To utter (harsh or derogatory speech), especially at its target.
    The gangs hurled abuse at each other.
  3. (intransitive) To participate in the sport of hurling.
  4. (intransitive, slang) To vomit.
    Pass me the bucket; I've got to hurl.
  5. (obsolete) To twist or turn.
  6. (obsolete) To move rapidly with a noise; to whirl.
  7. (Scotland, transitive, obsolete) To convey in a wheeled vehicle.
Translations Translations Noun

hurl (plural hurls)

  1. A throw, especially a violent throw; a fling.
    He managed a hurl of 50.3 metres.
    a hurl of abuse
  2. (slang) The act of vomiting.
  3. (hurling) The act of hitting the sliotar with the hurley.
  4. (Ulster, Scotland, slang) A conveyance in a wheeled vehicle; a ride in a car, etc.
  5. (obsolete) tumult; riot; hurly-burly
  6. (obsolete) A table on which fibre is stirred and mixed by beating with a bow spring.

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