from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An Irish game resembling lacrosse played with a broad-bladed, netless stick.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The young of the common perch.
  • noun A game in which opposite parties strive to hurl or force a ball through their opponents' goal, or to place it at one of two points in a district of country.
  • noun Strife.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of throwing with force.
  • noun A kind of game at ball, formerly played.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An Irish game of Celtic origin dating from AD400. It is played with an ash stick called a hurley (camán in Irish) and a hard leather ball called a sliotar.
  • noun A Cornish street game resembling rugby, played with a silver ball.
  • verb Present participle of hurl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a traditional Irish game resembling hockey; played by two teams of 15 players each


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  • This is an odd name for a sport.

    December 2, 2008

  • Yes, they might as well have called it Whacking. Though mighty satisfying to pick up a sliotar and belt the besionnach out of it with your hurley.

    December 2, 2008

  • Where, by hurley, bilby means camán.

    As in Camán Eileen. Though, of course, women's hurling is called camogie, because they play with a diminutive version of the camán, known as a camóg.

    December 2, 2008

  • "Brant looked thoughtful, then said: 'Bit of a sticky wicket what?'

    'You know cricket?'

    'That's it, Guv - only the one expression. I have to ration it.'

    'Well, you're about to get an education. I shall personally ensure you get a crash course. Don't the Irish play?'

    Brant tried to look deprived. It made him look satanic.

    'Just hurling I'm afraid.'

    'What's that then?'

    'A cross between hockey and murder.'"

    - Ken Bruen, 'A White Arrest'.

    August 29, 2009