[ flur-ee, fluhr-ee ]
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noun,plural flur·ries.
  1. a light, brief shower of snow.

  2. sudden commotion, excitement, or confusion; nervous hurry: There was a flurry of activity before the guests arrived.

  1. Stock Exchange.

    • a brief rise or fall in prices.

    • a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.

  2. a sudden gust of wind.

verb (used with object),flur·ried, flur·ry·ing.
  1. to put (a person) into a flurry; confuse; fluster.

verb (used without object),flur·ried, flur·ry·ing.
  1. (of snow) to fall or be blown in a flurry.

  2. to move in an excited or agitated manner.

Origin of flurry

1680–90, Americanism; blend of flutter and hurry

Other words for flurry

Other words from flurry

  • flur·ried·ly, adverb

Words Nearby flurry

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How to use flurry in a sentence

  • And this was all they said to each other—until they had gone through the flurry of the station and found their compartment.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
  • She seemed to be overcome by quite a little flurry of passion, and her manner irritated me.

    A Little Union Scout | Joel Chandler Harris
  • A dorsal fin cut the surface close by, there was a little flurry, and the pirate disappeared.

    The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham
  • But armed as he was, severe and flash-tempered as he seemed, Mackenzie was not in any sort of a flurry to give ground before him.

  • There was a short, sharp flurry, but Vincente knew every trick of the game and speedily brought the gallant fish on board.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for flurry


/ (ˈflʌrɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. a sudden commotion or burst of activity

  2. a light gust of wind or rain or fall of snow

  1. stock exchange a sudden brief increase in trading or fluctuation in stock prices

  2. the death spasms of a harpooned whale

verb-ries, -rying or -ried
  1. to confuse or bewilder or be confused or bewildered

Origin of flurry

C17: from obsolete flurr to scatter, perhaps formed on analogy with hurry

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