Hurtle vs Tumble - What's the difference?

hurtle | tumble |

As verbs the difference between hurtle and tumble

is that hurtle is to move rapidly, violently, or without control while tumble is (lb) to fall end over end.

As nouns the difference between hurtle and tumble

is that hurtle is a fast movement in literal or figurative sense while tumble is a fall.




  • To move rapidly, violently, or without control.
  • The car hurtled down the hill at 90 miles per hour.
    Pieces of broken glass hurtled through the air.
  • (archaic) To meet with violence or shock; to clash; to jostle.
  • * Fairfax
  • Together hurtled both their steeds.
  • (archaic) To make a threatening sound, like the clash of arms; to make a sound as of confused clashing or confusion; to resound.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The noise of battle hurtled in the air.
  • * Elizabeth Browning
  • The earthquake sound / Hurtling 'neath the solid ground.
  • To hurl or fling; to throw hard or violently.
  • He hurtled the wad of paper angrily at the trash can and missed by a mile.
  • (archaic) To push; to jostle; to hurl.
  • Noun

  • A fast movement in literal or figurative sense.
  • * 1975 , Wakeman, John. Literary Criticism
  • But the war woke me up, I began to move left, and recent events have accelerated that move until it is now a hurtle .
  • * Monday June 20, 2005 , The Guardian newspaper
  • Jamba has removed from Marlowe's Doctor Faustus all but the barest of essentials - even half its title, leaving us with an 80-minute hurtle through Faustus's four and twenty borrowed years on earth.
  • A clattering sound.
  • * 1913 , Eden Phillpotts. Widecombe Fair p.26
  • There came a hurtle of wings, a flash of bright feathers, and a great pigeon with slate-grey plumage and a neck bright as an opal, lit on a swaying finial.


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    (en noun)
  • A fall.
  • I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
  • An act of sexual intercourse.
  • * John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
  • Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
  • * 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
  • When you've just had a tumble between the sheets and are feeling rumpled and lazy, she may want to get up so she can make the bed.

    Derived terms

    * rough and tumble * take a tumble * tumble dryer * tumbler * give a tumble


  • (lb) To fall end over end.
  • *(Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • *:He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
  • *
  • *:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
  • To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
  • :(Rowe)
  • To roll over and over.
  • *1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
  • *:The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.
  • (lb) To have sexual intercourse.
  • (lb) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
  • To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
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  • Derived terms

    * tumble to