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[skur-ee, skuhr-ee] /ˈskɜr i, ˈskʌr i/
verb (used without object), scurried, scurrying.
to go or move quickly or in haste.
verb (used with object), scurried, scurrying.
to send hurrying along.
noun, plural scurries.
a scurrying rush:
the scurry of little feet on the stairs.
a short run or race.
Origin of scurry
First recorded in 1800-10; extracted from hurry-scurry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Eccles jumped down from the box and scurried to open the front door.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He nodded; she jumped out; and they scurried through the drizzle.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • He whined pleadingly, and scurried playfully in and out of the underbrush.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Back and forth they scurried to the sound of that guttural Japanese voice.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • They scurried with tickling little feet and he could not sleep.

    Happy Ending Fredric Brown
  • The yelling Indians had had their blunt warning and now scurried for cover.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • She scurried out, and returned a moment later with a thick bath towel.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
British Dictionary definitions for scurried


verb -ries, -rying, -ried
to move about or proceed hurriedly
(intransitive) to whirl about
noun (pl) -ries
the act or sound of scurrying
a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
(horse racing) a short race or sprint
Word Origin
C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry
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Word Origin and History for scurried



1810, perhaps from hurry-scurry (1732), a reduplication of hurry (v.). As a noun, 1823, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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