hurl

hurl
hurl (v.) early 13c., hurlen, "to run against (each other), come into collision," later "throw forcibly" (c.1300); "rush violently" (late 14c.); perhaps related to Low Ger. hurreln "to throw, to dash," and E.Fris. hurreln "to roar, to bluster." OED suggests all are from an onomatopoeic Germanic base *hurr "expressing rapid motion;" see also hurry. The noun is attested from late 14c., originally "rushing water." For difference between hurl and hurtle (which apparently were confused since early M.E.) see HURTLE (Cf. hurtle).

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  • Hurl — Hurl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hurled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hurling}.] [OE. hurlen, hourlen; prob. contracted fr. OE. hurtlen to hurtle, or probably akin to E. whirl. [root]16. See {Hurtle}.] 1. To send whirling or whizzing through the air; to throw… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurl — [hə:l US hə:rl] v [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: Probably copying the action] 1.) [T always + adverb/preposition] to throw something with a lot of force, especially because you are angry ▪ Demonstrators were hurling bricks through the windows. ▪ He… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hurl|y — hurl|y1 «HUR lee», noun, plural hurl|ies. commotion; hurly burly: »with the hurly, death itself awakes (Shakespeare). ╂[< hurl] hurl|y2 «HUR lee», noun, plural hurl|ie …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hurl — Hurl, v. i. 1. To hurl one s self; to go quickly. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. To perform the act of hurling something; to throw something (at another). [1913 Webster] God shall hurl at him and not spare. Job xxvii. 22 (Rev. Ver. ). [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurl — hurl·bar·row; hurl·er; hurl·ey; hurl; …   English syllables

  • hurl´er — hurl «hurl», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to throw with much force; cast; fling: »The man hurled his spear at one bear, and the dogs hurled themselves at the other. 2. Figurative. to throw forth (words, cries, or shouts) v …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hurl — Hurl, n. 1. The act of hurling or throwing with violence; a cast; a fling. Congreve. [1913 Webster] 2. Tumult; riot; hurly burly. [Obs.] Knolles. [1913 Webster] 3. (Hat Manuf.) A table on which fiber is stirred and mixed by beating with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hurl — may refer to:* Hurley (stick) * Slang for vomiting * Hurl!, a reality show airing on G4 …   Wikipedia

  • hurl — [hʉrl] vt. [ME hurlen, prob. of ON echoic orig. as in Dan hurle, to whir, Norw hurla, to buzz] 1. to throw or fling with force or violence 2. to cast down; overthrow 3. to utter vehemently [to hurl insults ] ☆ 4. Baseball Informal to pitch vi …   English World dictionary

  • hurl|ey — «HUR lee», noun, plural eys. 1. = hurling. (Cf. ↑hurling) 2. the stick or club used in hurling. ╂[< hurl] …   Useful english dictionary

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