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.
  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

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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.

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for flurry

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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.).

v.

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

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