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adjective, bur·ri·er, bur·ri·est.
  1. full of or covered with burs; burlike.
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Origin of burry1

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at bur1, -y1


adjective, bur·ri·er, bur·ri·est.
  1. characterized by or spoken with a burr.
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Origin of burry2

First recorded in 1865–70; burr3 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for burry

Historical Examples

  • They ducked behind rocks or trees and piled off their horses in a burry.

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    B.M. Bower

  • To hide the huskiness in his own voice Mr. Traill relapsed into broad, burry Scotch.

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British Dictionary definitions for burry


adjective -rier or -riest
  1. full of or covered in burs
  2. resembling burs; prickly
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Word Origin and History for burry


mid-15c., "full of burs;" see bur + -y (2).

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