[flur-ee, fluhr-ee]

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.

Origin of flurry

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

Synonyms for flurry

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Contemporary Examples of flurry

Historical Examples of flurry

  • As he looked the flurry of skirts subsided and she fell into stride, pursuing.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • There was a great snarling and growling, a clashing of teeth and a flurry of bodies.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The inhabitants were surely all of them in a flurry of furious activity.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Azuba entered the store in the way in which she did most things, with a flurry and a slam.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • There had been a flurry of excitement in the kitchen just after dinner.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for 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 flurry

"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.).


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

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