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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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  • These the Azbeg beat at once on coming up, dismounted and overcame many, making all scurry off.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The dancing and the scurry of pattering feet had both ceased.

  • But there was a scurry in the passage and a pounding at the panels.

    The Last Galley Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They did not dash and rush and scurry through their lives in those days, as we do in these.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • Did they not give up their ships, and pay us tribute, and scurry out of Sardinia that Rome might spare them?

    The Lion's Brood Duffield Osborne
  • The voice shouted again and was answered by a scurry of horses' feet.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • “Yes, father,” floated down to him, followed by a scurry of light feet in the corridor overhead.

  • In the hurry and scurry that ensued, Sandy escaped sadly to the square.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for scurry


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 scurry

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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