[ flur-ee, fluhr-ee ]
/ ˈflɜr i, ˈflʌr i /
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noun, plural flur·ries.
a light, brief shower of snow.
sudden commotion, excitement, or confusion; nervous hurry: There was a flurry of activity before the guests arrived.
- a brief rise or fall in prices.
- a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
a sudden gust of wind.
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.
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How to use flurry in a sentence
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
Daughtry cried, at sight of the whale flurrying the water with aimless, gigantic splashings.Michael, Brother of Jerry|Jack London
The freezing wind, flurrying across the desert, drove the fine particles of sand painfully against their faces.A Voyage to Arcturus|David Lindsay
He was so cool and collected, no bustle or flurrying with him.Sporting Society, Vol. II (of 2)|Various
And then their preparations for the journey went on with much flurrying and hot haste.Returning Home|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for 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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