- 1[transitive, intransitive] to jump over something while you are running hurdle something He hurdled two barriers to avoid reporters. He hurdled two steel barriers in an attempt to escape from the police. hurdle over something to hurdle over a fence She had to hurdle over three fences to reach the finishing line.
- 2[intransitive] to run in a hurdles race Word Origin Old English hyrdel ‘temporary fence’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch horde and German Hürde.
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hurdle
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdl//he / she / it hurdles
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdlz//past simple hurdled
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdld//past participle hurdled
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdld//-ing form hurdling
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdlɪŋ//