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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
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  • A scowling horde of ghosts draws near, and scurries furiously through the wind, bellowing drearily to the stars.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • Some bird, in the exuberance of its mad joy, scurries wildly past the windows.

  • Presently a red squirrel rushes out of the thicket at the left, scurries along the rails and up and down the posts.

    Ways of Wood Folk William J. Long
  • And lo, the Guinea-fowl frees her head, stands up, regains her balance and scurries off!

  • Some are brave, so the crowd kicks them and scurries off to catch the four-fifteen.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • It all happens before Abbot has time to realize what is going on, then she scurries up the stone steps and rings the bell.

    A War-Time Wooing Charles King
  • He was still bending over him, his eyes blinking in his joy, scurries of irradiating smiles chasing each other over his face.

    Peter F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Maybe the female shouts out to her suitors, "Who touches me first wins," and away she scurries like an arrow.

  • From his district offices, there scurries forth a corps of smooth-tongued, quick-witted young men—the travelling passenger agents.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
British Dictionary definitions for scurries


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scurries



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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