hurl

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
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v throw forcefully

Synonyms:
cast, hurtle
Types:
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crash, dash
hurl or thrust violently
precipitate
hurl or throw violently
catapult, sling
hurl as if with a sling
bowl
hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end
Type of:
throw
propel through the air

v make a thrusting forward movement

Synonyms:
hurtle, lunge, thrust
Types:
dart
move with sudden speed
riposte
make a return thrust
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v utter with force; utter vehemently

hurl insults”
Synonyms:
throw
Type of:
express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

n a violent throw

Synonyms:
cast
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

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