Definition of hurl in English:



  • 1 Throw or impel (someone or something) with great force.

    ‘rioters hurled a brick through the windscreen’
    figurative ‘he hurled himself into the job with enthusiasm’
    • ‘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.’
    throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, dash, send, bowl, aim, direct, project, propel, fire, let fly
    chuck, heave, sling, buzz, whang, bung
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    1. 1.1Utter (abuse) vehemently.
      ‘the demonstrators hurled abuse at councillors’
      • ‘Every day, he says, children would hurl obscene and offensive abuse at teachers.’
      • ‘Problems included loud music, out-of-control dogs, residents being assaulted and abuse and insults hurled at people in the street.’
      • ‘It serves as a shield to give her the strength to get through each day, to ward off the insults that have been hurled at her almost from the day she arrived.’
      • ‘He was among the loudest of his group, shouting: ‘Come on if you want it,’ to the home fans and gesturing to them as his companions hurled abuse.’
      • ‘But journalists who hurl the most appalling abuse at officials of the government are not well placed to act pious when that abuse redounds upon their sources.’
      • ‘But when Bradford Council workers came to clear the pile, abuse was hurled at them from angry residents.’
      • ‘He also gives the players a list of abuses to be hurled at opposition players.’
      • ‘However, even with the abuse I hurl at the idiots, it does make for an interesting programme.’
      • ‘The court heard that it ended with Young hurling abuse at the cashier including racist insults.’
      • ‘Eggs have been thrown at the library doors, staff have been attacked with stones and foul-mouthed youths have hurled abuse at readers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A baying mob of youths hurled abuse at firefighters as they battled a suspicious rubbish fire threatening to engulf an electricity pylon.’
      • ‘One night they were hurling the choicest of abuses on journalists.’
      • ‘A gang of racist thugs hurled abuse at an Asian bus driver in yet another incident of violence and intimidation.’
      • ‘The workmen hurled abuse at each other over the clatter.’
      • ‘Children hurled abuse at him and even attacked him because of a rare condition which has left him disfigured.’
      • ‘They say youths have hurled abuse at elderly shoppers, scaring them away, and that the problem gets worse during the half-term school holidays.’
      • ‘He has been spat at and abuse has been hurled at him.’
      • ‘Deeply aggrieved members hurled abuse at the directors, innocent as they are of any blame for what has taken place.’
    2. 1.2informal [no object]Vomit.
      ‘you make me want to hurl’
      • ‘That is on top of this story from last week by that made me feel like hurling when I read it.’
      • ‘But the sight made me sick all of a sudden and I felt like hurling.’
      • ‘I spent the entire night before my Communion in the bathroom hurling up my unworthiness.’
      • ‘The one your friends think is adorable, even when it hurls on their shoes?’
      be sick, spew, spew up, fetch up
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  • A ride in a vehicle; a lift.

    ‘hey pal, any chance of a hurl?’
    • ‘But such is the risk world leaders take if they fancy a wee hurl on a scooter during some much-needed downtime.’
    • ‘A 40p ticket on the integrated public transport system gives you access to five metro lines, various railway services, and a free hurl on a bus for up to an hour afterwards.’
    • ‘The buses are crowded with all these old age pensioners using their free travel passes going for a hurl on a warm bus with people to talk to when they should be at home well-wrapped up watching daytime TV.’


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