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

  • Guy Trevelyan had not mastered his feelings during the "hurly burly," as firmly as was his wont.

    Lady Rosamond's Secret

    Rebecca Agatha Armour

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

    The Happy Golfer

    Henry Leach

  • Breakfast was eaten at eight o'clock in the morning, and all was hurly burly and excitement till they had gone.

    A Woman who went to Alaska

    May Kellogg Sullivan

  • A visitor from town tried to do so by fixing a nice quiet camp far away from the hurly burly.

    Reminiscences of Queensland

    William Henry Corfield

  • The first one said: "Give him a touch of the hurly and let the others do the same; and we'll wallop him till he is dead."

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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