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[flur-ee, fluhr-ee] /ˈflɜr i, ˈflʌr i/
noun, plural flurries.
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.
  1. a brief rise or fall in prices.
  2. a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
a sudden gust of wind.
verb (used with object), flurried, flurrying.
to put (a person) into a flurry; confuse; fluster.
verb (used without object), flurried, flurrying.
(of snow) to fall or be blown in a flurry.
to move in an excited or agitated manner.
Origin of flurry
1680-90, Americanism; blend of flutter and hurry
Related forms
flurriedly, adverb
2. upset, pother, stir, to-do, fuss, fluster, ado. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Both of you, my dear, I hope, after the first flurries are over.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The days are short with an icy, gray mist from the Dnieper, and flurries of snow.

  • In defining the trend, shifts, cross-currents, and flurries are not considered.

  • It was a day marked with fierce winds and flurries of snow, like a day in March.

    The Flag Homer Greene
  • For the flurries blown by the gale had all the appearance of a continuing blizzard.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • The evening fell rather threatening, with flurries of wind and rain.

    Bruno Byrd Spilman Dewey
  • A raw wind was blowing, and the first flurries of snow were whitening the hilltops.

    Love of Life Jack London
  • Then he broke into a run and sped through the flurries toward his dead.

    The Strength of the Pines

    Edison Marshall
  • Dim through the flurries they made out the outline of the bear.

    The Strength of the Pines

    Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for flurries


noun (pl) -ries
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
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
to confuse or bewilder or be confused or bewildered
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete flurr to scatter, perhaps formed on analogy with hurry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flurries



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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