Variant of hurdle
- Chiefly Brit. a portable frame made of interlaced twigs, etc., used as a temporary fence or enclosure
- a kind of frame or sled on which prisoners in England were drawn through the streets to execution
- any of a series of framelike barriers over which horses or runners must leap in a special race (the )
- a difficulty to be overcome; obstacle
Origin: Middle English hirdel from Old English hyrdel from Germanic base an unverified form hurd-, wickerwork, hurdle, akin to hyrd, door, Frankish an unverified form hurda, a pen, fold from Indo-European base an unverified form kert-, to plait, twist together from source Classical Latin cratis (see crate), Glassical Greek kyrtos, bird cage
- hurdler noun
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