flurry

[flur-ee, fluhr-ee]
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.
  3. Stock Exchange.
    1. a brief rise or fall in prices.
    2. a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
  4. 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
Related formsflur·ried·ly, adverb

Synonyms for flurry

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Examples from the Web for flurries

Contemporary Examples of flurries

Historical Examples of flurries

  • Both of you, my dear, I hope, after the first flurries are over.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The days are short with an icy, gray mist from the Dnieper, and flurries of snow.

  • In defining the trend, shifts, cross-currents, and flurries are not considered.

  • It was a day marked with fierce winds and flurries of snow, like a day in March.

    The Flag

    Homer Greene

  • For the flurries blown by the gale had all the appearance of a continuing blizzard.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche


British Dictionary definitions for flurries

flurry

noun plural -ries
  1. a sudden commotion or burst of activity
  2. a light gust of wind or rain or fall of snow
  3. stock exchange a sudden brief increase in trading or fluctuation in stock prices
  4. the death spasms of a harpooned whale
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
  1. 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 flurries

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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