- to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.
- to drive, carry, or cause to move or perform with speed.
- to hasten; urge forward (often followed by up).
- to impel or perform with undue haste: to hurry someone into a decision.
- a state of urgency or eagerness: to be in a hurry to meet a train.
- hurried movement or action; haste.
Origin of hurry
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Examples from the Web for hurries
Once Gollum drags off his catch, Bilbo hurries to retrieve the ring, putting it in his pocket for safe keeping.‘The Hobbit’: 19 Changes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel to Peter Jackson’s Movie
December 14, 2012
Strauss is in the courtyard giving advice to a student who hurries off with his files when I arrive."I Killed a Girl"
September 17, 2010
"That chance is the destiny that hurries me to my tomb," answered Almamen, solemnly.Leila, Complete
I cannot do more at this time, as I have something on my hand that hurries me much.The Letters of Robert Burns
It only hurries the respiration, and chokes the pulmonary vessels.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
It is our vanity which hurries us into situations from which we must come out damaged.The Point Of Honor
He is surprised, confused, and embarrassed, leaves his seat and hurries into the library.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
- (intr often foll by up) to hasten (to do something); rush
- (tr often foll by along) to speed up the completion, progress, etc, of
- urgency or eagerness
- in a hurry informal
- easilyyou won't beat him in a hurry
- willinglywe won't go there again in a hurry
Word Origin and History for hurries
1590, first recorded in Shakespeare, who used it often; perhaps a variant of harry (v.), or perhaps a West Midlands sense of Middle English hurren "to vibrate rapidly, buzz," from Proto-Germanic *hurza "to move with haste" (cf. Middle High German hurren "to whir, move fast," Old Swedish hurra "to whirl round"), which also perhaps is the root of hurl. Related: hurried; hurrying.
c.1600, probably from hurry (v.).