- 1[transitive] hurl something/somebody + adv./prep. to throw something/somebody violently in a particular direction He hurled a brick through the window. Someone had hurled a grenade into the building. They hurled spears, screaming hideously. Synonymsthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob bowl pitchThese words all mean to send something from your hand through the air.throw to send something from your hand or hands through the air:Some kids were throwing stones at the window. She threw the ball and he caught it.toss to throw something lightly or carelessly:She tossed her jacket onto the bed.hurl to throw something violently in a particular direction:Rioters hurled a brick through the car’s windscreen.fling to throw somebody/something somewhere with a lot of force, especially because you are angry or in a hurry:She flung the letter down onto the table.chuck (especially British English, informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:They were lobbing stones over the wall.bowl (in cricket) to throw the ball to the batsmanpitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/bowl/pitch something at/to somebody/something to throw/toss/fling/chuck something aside/away to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck/lob/bowl/pitch a ball to throw/toss/hurl/fling/chuck stones/rocks/a brick to throw/toss/hurl/fling something angrily to throw/toss something casually/carelessly
- 2[transitive] hurl abuse, accusations, insults, etc. (at somebody) to shout insults, etc. at somebody Rival fans hurled abuse at each other.
- 3[intransitive] (North American English, slang) to vomit Word Origin Middle English: probably imitative, but corresponding in form and partly in sense with Low German hurreln.
BrE BrE//hɜːl//; NAmE NAmE//hɜːrl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hurl
BrE BrE//hɜːl//; NAmE NAmE//hɜːrl//he / she / it hurls
BrE BrE//hɜːlz//; NAmE NAmE//hɜːrlz//past simple hurled
BrE BrE//hɜːld//; NAmE NAmE//hɜːrld//past participle hurled
BrE BrE//hɜːld//; NAmE NAmE//hɜːrld//-ing form hurling
BrE BrE//ˈhɜːlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrlɪŋ//