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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. 2018.
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  • Then out of the scurry and whirl, the old terrier was observed to get on top.

  • The voice shouted again and was answered by a scurry of horses' feet.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • We had to scurry out in a hurry to avoid being penned there.

    Left on Labrador

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

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • He left the woodchucks to scurry about the pasture as they pleased.

  • As he rose to go, he saw a small dark object 27 scurry over the snow.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • The dancing and the scurry of pattering feet had both ceased.

  • 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
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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