- noisy disorder and confusion; commotion; uproar; tumult.
- full of commotion; tumultuous.
Origin of hurly-burly
Examples from the Web for hurly-burly
I went on, a thought coming to the surface in the hurly-burly of my mind.In the Valley
In the hurly-burly and the general shriek for mercy his reassurances were not heard.Soldiers Three, Part II.
They tell me you were the man who pulled me out of that hurly-burly.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery
It was all hurly-burly, and every one was ordered immediately to quarters.Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680
But what can have brought you into this hurly-burly of folly and wickedness?John Deane of Nottingham
- confusion or commotion
Word Origin and History for hurly-burly
also hurlyburly, 1530s, apparently an alteration of phrase hurling and burling, reduplication of 14c. hurling "commotion, tumult," verbal noun of hurl (q.v.). Hurling time was the name applied by chroniclers to the period of tumult and commotion around Wat Tyler's rebellion.