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scurry

[skur-ee, skuhr-ee]
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verb (used without object), scur·ried, scur·ry·ing.
  1. to go or move quickly or in haste.
verb (used with object), scur·ried, scur·ry·ing.
  1. to send hurrying along.
noun, plural scur·ries.
  1. a scurrying rush: the scurry of little feet on the stairs.
  2. a short run or race.

Origin of scurry

First recorded in 1800–10; extracted from hurry-scurry
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Examples from the Web for scurried

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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


British Dictionary definitions for scurried

scurry

verb -ries, -rying or -ried
  1. to move about or proceed hurriedly
  2. (intr) to whirl about
noun plural -ries
  1. the act or sound of scurrying
  2. a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
  3. horse racing a short race or sprint

Word Origin

C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for scurried

scurry

v.

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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