- to go or move quickly or in haste.
- to send hurrying along.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for scurries
As the Tube arrives, she scurries toward the exit, ditching her bag on the steps.‘Shadow Dancer’ Explores Post-Thatcher’s London During the Troubles
May 31, 2013
Some are brave, so the crowd kicks them and scurries off to catch the four-fifteen.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
Some bird, in the exuberance of its mad joy, scurries wildly past the windows.Faith and Unfaith
And lo, the Guinea-fowl frees her head, stands up, regains her balance and scurries off!The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
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")
This did not annoy him so much as the conviction that in her scurries she had managed to scratch his face abundantly.The Point Of Honor
- to move about or proceed hurriedly
- (intr) to whirl about
- the act or sound of scurrying
- a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
- horse racing a short race or sprint
C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry
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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.
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