- marked by confusion or agitation.
Origin of flurried
- a light, brief shower of snow.
- sudden commotion, excitement, or confusion; nervous hurry: There was a flurry of activity before the guests arrived.
- Stock Exchange.
- a brief rise or fall in prices.
- a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
- a sudden gust of wind.
- to put (a person) into a flurry; confuse; fluster.
- (of snow) to fall or be blown in a flurry.
- to move in an excited or agitated manner.
Origin of flurry
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Examples from the Web for flurried
Let me impart my confidence to you, you flurried little thing, in my own way.Little Dorrit
It was remarkable how pale and flurried he had become in an instant.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Neither was she overawed or flurried when her callers entered.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
"No, I don't," answered she in a flurried way, blushing to the roots of her hair.Australia Revenged
Indeed, his flurried manner as he resumed the letter proved it.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
- a sudden commotion or burst of activity
- a light gust of wind or rain or fall of snow
- stock exchange a sudden brief increase in trading or fluctuation in stock prices
- the death spasms of a harpooned whale
- to confuse or bewilder or be confused or bewildered
Word Origin and History for flurried
1757 in the commotion sense, from flurry (n.); 1883 in the snow sense. Related: Flurried; flurries; flurrying.
"snow squall" 1828, American English, with earlier senses of "commotion," etc., dating to 1680s; perhaps imitative, or else from 17c. flurr "to scatter, fly with a whirring noise," perhaps from Middle English flouren "to sprinkle, as with flour" (late 14c.).