noun, plural hurl·ies.

commotion; hurly-burly.
British. hurley.

Origin of hurly

First recorded in 1590–1600


or hurl·y


noun, plural hurl·eys, hurl·ies. British.

the game of hurling.
the leather-covered ball used in hurling.
the stick used in hurling, similar to a field hockey stick but with a wide, flat blade.
Informal. a club or cudgel.

Origin of hurley

1815–25; hurl + -ey, as in hockey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hurly

Historical Examples of hurly

  • It would also be well if they could pass the wet ground and avoid plunging against one another in the hurly burly.

    With the Black Prince

    William Osborn Stoddard

  • Wyth that a hurly burly rose amongs the people, euery man maruellinge what the matter shoulde be.

    The Palace of Pleasure

    William Painter

  • A mountain torrent—a tributary of the Scind runs down the valley with the usual noise and hurly burly.

  • Hurly of creduma therefore comes curiously near the quite modern brassey.

    The Happy Golfer

    Henry Leach

  • I laid them to one side and next morning brought two men Crawford and Hurly, down from the Post to witness the brands.

    A Texas Cow Boy

    Chas. A. Siringo

British Dictionary definitions for hurly



mainly British another word for hurling
Also called: hurley stick the stick used in playing hurling
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