flurry

[ 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

1
1680–90, Americanism; blend of flutter and hurry

Other words for flurry

Other words from flurry

  • flur·ried·ly, adverb

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How to use flurry in a sentence

  • There had been flurries earlier in the season, but nothing to compare with the depth that now covers everything.

  • But he's getting fond of it these last twelve months, and though he don't take very much it hurries him and flurries him.

    The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
  • The day of their departure for home was typical Thanksgiving weather, fairly cold, and marked by snow flurries.

British Dictionary definitions for flurry

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

1
C17: from obsolete flurr to scatter, perhaps formed on analogy with hurry

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