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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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  • 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.

  • And lo, the Guinea-fowl frees her head, stands up, regains her balance and scurries off!

  • 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

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for scurries

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
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Word Origin and History for scurries

scurry

v.

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

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