flurried

[flur-eed, fluhr-]

adjective

marked by confusion or agitation.

Origin of flurried

Related formsun·flur·ried, adjective

flurry

[flur-ee, fluhr-ee]

noun, plural flur·ries.

a light, brief shower of snow.
sudden commotion, excitement, or confusion; nervous hurry: There was a flurry of activity before the guests arrived.
Stock Exchange.
  1. a brief rise or fall in prices.
  2. a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
a sudden gust of wind.

verb (used with object), flur·ried, flur·ry·ing.

to put (a person) into a flurry; confuse; fluster.

verb (used without object), flur·ried, flur·ry·ing.

(of snow) to fall or be blown in a flurry.
to move in an excited or agitated manner.

Origin of flurry

1680–90, Americanism; blend of flutter and hurry
Related formsflur·ried·ly, adverb

Synonyms for flurry

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Examples from the Web for flurried

Historical Examples of flurried

  • Let me impart my confidence to you, you flurried little thing, in my own way.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • It was remarkable how pale and flurried he had become in an instant.

  • Neither was she overawed or flurried when her callers entered.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "No, I don't," answered she in a flurried way, blushing to the roots of her hair.

  • Indeed, his flurried manner as he resumed the letter proved it.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for flurried

flurry

noun plural -ries

a sudden commotion or burst of activity
a light gust of wind or rain or fall of snow
stock exchange a sudden brief increase in trading or fluctuation in stock prices
the death spasms of a harpooned whale

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

to confuse or bewilder or be confused or bewildered

Word Origin for flurry

C17: from obsolete flurr to scatter, perhaps formed on analogy with hurry
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Word Origin and History for flurried

flurry

v.

1757 in the commotion sense, from flurry (n.); 1883 in the snow sense. Related: Flurried; flurries; flurrying.

flurry

n.

"snow squall" 1828, American English, with earlier senses of "commotion," etc., dating to 1680s; perhaps imitative, or else from 17c. flurr "to scatter, fly with a whirring noise," perhaps from Middle English flouren "to sprinkle, as with flour" (late 14c.).

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