flurry

[ flur-ee, fluhr-ee ]
/ ˈflɜr i, ˈflʌr i /

noun, plural flur·ries.

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.

Nearby words

  1. flurandrenolide,
  2. flurazepam,
  3. flurbiprofen,
  4. flurried,
  5. flurriedly,
  6. flush,
  7. flush girt,
  8. flush left,
  9. flush right,
  10. flush-decked

Origin of flurry

1680–90, Americanism; blend of flutter and hurry

Related formsflur·ried·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for flurry

flurry

/ (ˈflʌrɪ) /

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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