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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. 2017.
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  • As it broke open, a startled rabbit broke from its cover in an adjacent corn shock and scurried across the field.

  • "You're the boss," Hawkins said, and scurried off toward his scout plane.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Dun clouds, driven by a strong wind, scurried across the troubled sky.

    The Story of John Paul Jones Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  • She dashed into her two garments, climbed the wall, and scurried back to the house.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • Now, when Duran had gone out of view again, they scurried round to a point of vantage situate to the northeast of the hut.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
  • Crime fled, or scurried to cover, and Aunt Rachel blossomed like a rose.

  • The squirrels were friendly, the hares lifted up their long ears, stared at him and scurried out of sight.

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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