- a light, brief shower of snow.
- sudden commotion, excitement, or confusion; nervous hurry: There was a flurry of activity before the guests arrived.
- Stock Exchange.
- a brief rise or fall in prices.
- a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
- a sudden gust of wind.
- to put (a person) into a flurry; confuse; fluster.
- (of snow) to fall or be blown in a flurry.
- to move in an excited or agitated manner.
Origin of flurry
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Related Wordswhirl, turmoil, squall, outbreak, spurt, furor, whirlwind, agitation, flaw, flap, disturbance, ferment, ado, stir, pother, to-do, fuss, confusion, spell, bustle
Examples from the Web for flurry
“I have full faith that this will happen,” Williams says, prepping her fairy dust for a flurry of happy thoughts.The Cast of ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Knows You Hatewatched ‘The Sound of Music’
December 2, 2014
He crumpled to the ground under a flurry of fists and boots, and as he recalls, no one around him tried to stop the attack.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA
Simran Jeet Singh
October 31, 2014
A flurry of emails continued over the weekend, culminating in what they claimed were $2 million in new donations.The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop
July 28, 2014
Thus began a flurry of back-and-forth emails between director and subject.‘Life Itself’: A Fitting, Heartrending Tribute to Cinema’s Great Appreciator Roger Ebert
July 2, 2014
A large Danish study addressing these issues made quite a flurry at the end of 2012 (here, here, and here for example).Does Fatherhood Make Men Healthier?
June 14, 2014
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
The inhabitants were surely all of them in a flurry of furious activity.A Spirit in Prison
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
- 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
- to confuse or bewilder or be confused or bewildered
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.