- 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
Synonyms for flurry
Related Words for flurryingwhirl, 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 flurrying
Historical Examples of flurrying
He was so cool and collected, no bustle or flurrying with him.
His Vermont upbringing told him it would be flurrying within the hour.Code Three
Suddenly there was a flash; a flurrying cloud of blue mud; and Grue was gone.Police!!!
Robert W. Chambers
The keen, little old man was besting and flurrying him; he was no match for this irascible invalid.The Scarlet Feather
I can understand a musician like that--a man who makes music move like thoughts, flurrying this way and blowing that.The Precipice
Elia Wilkinson Peattie
- 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 for flurry
1757 in the commotion sense, from flurry (n.); 1883 in the snow sense. Related: Flurried; flurries; flurrying.
"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.).