- 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 hurrying
And the faster our hurrying, the more acute our tunnel vision becomes.Chris Christie and the Runaway High-Speed Presidency Train
January 11, 2014
Andrew was now hurrying to join Weiner in a waiting black SUV.Weiner’s Desperate Rockaway Trip
August 1, 2013
Cato was not hurrying out of the world to escape an even more painful ending, but to avoid the humiliation of pardon.Who Was the Real Cato?
December 20, 2012
As the “Frankenstorm” barrels toward the East Coast, politicians are hurrying to minimize its impact.Here Comes Hurricane Sandy: East Coast Scrambles
October 28, 2012
An administrator and a teacher were seen averting their eyes and hurrying off.Life and Death at Suicide High
March 31, 2010
Before we reached the lobby, John came from somewhere, hurrying towards us.
I thought only of hurrying to Prof. Darmstetter that he might share my triumph.
A chattering and hurrying of people could be heard as an undertone.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Sami saw that they were hurrying to the house; he followed slowly after.What Sami Sings with the Birds
But the boy had only a glimpse of these things, for his father was hurrying on.Buried Cities, Part 2
- (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 hurrying
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.).