When you hurl something, you throw it hard. You might hurl your shoe at a horrible bug if it suddenly scuttled across the floor.

If you hurl a rock at a glass window, it will probably break, and if you hurl your trash in the direction of a garbage can, it may or may not land inside. The verb hurl implies some force behind your throw. The earliest English version was hurlen, which in the thirteenth century meant "run against each other or collide." It probably comes from the Germanic root hurr, which is also the root of hurry, and means "rapid motion."

Definitions of hurl
  1. verb
    throw forcefully
    synonyms: cast, hurtle
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    crash, dash
    hurl or thrust violently
    hurl or throw violently
    catapult, sling
    hurl as if with a sling
    hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end
    type of:
    propel through the air
  2. verb
    make a thrusting forward movement
    synonyms: hurtle, lunge, thrust
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    move with sudden speed
    make a return thrust
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. verb
    utter with force; utter vehemently
    hurl insults”
    synonyms: throw
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    express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  4. noun
    a violent throw
    synonyms: cast
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    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
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