- 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 flurries
Despite near zero temperatures and flurries of snow and rain, the turnout was 92% from an electorate of 1,650.Sorry, Argentina, the Falkland Islanders Love Being British
March 12, 2013
Both of you, my dear, I hope, after the first flurries are over.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The days are short with an icy, gray mist from the Dnieper, and flurries of snow.Trapped in 'Black Russia'
In defining the trend, shifts, cross-currents, and flurries are not considered.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
It was a day marked with fierce winds and flurries of snow, like a day in March.The Flag
For the flurries blown by the gale had all the appearance of a continuing blizzard.Find the Woman
Arthur Somers Roche
- 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 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.).