Definition of hurtle in English:

hurtle

verb

  • Move or cause to move at a great speed, typically in a wildly uncontrolled manner.

    no object , with adverbial of direction ‘a runaway car hurtled toward them’
    with object and adverbial of direction ‘the branch flew off and hurtled us into a ditch’
    • ‘Meanwhile I quite often see other drivers hurtling past at speeds above 30 mph.’
    • ‘Would you ignore a truck hurtling towards you as you crossed the road?’
    • ‘I am fed up hearing cars hurtling past on that road and nothing being done about it.’
    • ‘When Mr Smith opened the door, he saw a wall of water hurtling towards him.’
    • ‘It had crossed the 5000 mark just a little while ago and was hurtling on all cylinders towards the 6000 mark.’
    • ‘As she said her name aloud, a bolt of lightening hurtled towards the earth and struck it with a loud boom.’
    • ‘As he did so he caught sight of an object hurtling towards him in a rapid manner.’
    • ‘A car was hurtling down the street the wrong way, and someone was just about to pull in to the road.’
    • ‘Children playing along a Swindon road feared for their lives when a car came hurtling towards them.’
    • ‘I stopped within 12 inches of the car in front only to check my rear view to see another car hurtling toward me from the back.’
    • ‘It comes to a rather steep halt, sending my - thankfully empty - coffee cup hurtling towards my lap.’
    • ‘But only after he saw a giant mass of water hurtling towards the boat did he sense danger.’
    • ‘Forget the track and the horses hurtling by at breakneck speed; the real beasts were here in the stands.’
    • ‘An investigation has been launched after two trains ended up hurtling towards each other on the same track.’
    • ‘The road was little-trafficked, though cars tended to hurtle past at alarming speeds.’
    • ‘After a few more minutes of trudging alone I saw Nick's car hurtling along the road at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘George is hurtling towards me with a silver pepper pot.’
    • ‘An arctic hare the size of a collie hurtled toward me.’
    • ‘I was putting my grandson into the car, when a car came hurtling towards us so fast I thought it was going to hit us.’
    • ‘Men hurtling towards a mid-life crisis have an unfortunate habit of opting either for a mistress or a motorcycle.’
    speed, rush, race, chase, bolt, bowl, dash, career, careen, cannon, sweep, whizz, buzz, zoom, flash, blast, charge, shoot, streak, run, gallop, stampede, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, go like the wind
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘strike against, collide with’): frequentative of hurt.

Pronunciation

hurtle

/ˈhərdl//ˈhərdl/