noun, plural hurl·y-burl·ies.
Origin of hurly-burly
Examples from the Web for hurly-burly
If Nettie sighed as all this hurly-burly met her eye, it was only an internal sigh.The Carpenter's Daughter|Anna Bartlett Warner
Now you're ready to take part in all the hurly-burly, and you will.Fortitude|Hugh Walpole
Then does woe betide those who are caught in the hurly-burly.
It was the confusion and hurly-burly below stairs that awoke Mike Murphy early.The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters|Edward S. Ellis
For instance, you know the hurly-burly of existence in town.The Idiot at Home|John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for hurly-burly
noun plural hurly-burlies
Word Origin for hurly-burly
Word Origin and History for hurly-burly
also hurlyburly, 1530s, apparently an alteration of phrase hurling and burling, reduplication of 14c. hurling "commotion, tumult," verbal noun of hurl (q.v.). Hurling time was the name applied by chroniclers to the period of tumult and commotion around Wat Tyler's rebellion.