[ hur-eed, huhr- ]
/ ˈhɜr id, ˈhʌr- /


moving or working rapidly, especially forced or required to hurry, as a person.
characterized by or done with hurry; hasty: a hurried meal.

Origin of hurried

First recorded in 1660–70; hurry + -ed2
Related formshur·ried·ly, adverbhur·ried·ness, nouno·ver·hur·ried, adjectiveo·ver·hur·ried·ly, adverb

Definition for hurried (2 of 2)


[ hur-ee, huhr-ee ]
/ ˈhɜr i, ˈhʌr i /

verb (used without object), hur·ried, hur·ry·ing.

to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.

verb (used with object), hur·ried, hur·ry·ing.

to drive, carry, or cause to move or perform with speed.
to hasten; urge forward (often followed by up).
to impel or perform with undue haste: to hurry someone into a decision.

noun, plural hur·ries.

a state of urgency or eagerness: to be in a hurry to meet a train.
hurried movement or action; haste.

Origin of hurry

1580–90; expressive word of uncertain origin, compare Middle English horyed (attested once) rushed, impelled, Middle High German hurren to move quickly
1 See rush1.
2 hasten.
3 accelerate, quicken; expedite, hustle.
6 celerity; expedition, dispatch; speed, quickness; bustle, ado.
Related formshur·ry·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·hur·ry, verb, o·ver·hur·ried, o·ver·hur·ry·ing.un·hur·ry·ing, adjectiveun·hur·ry·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hurried (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhʌrɪd) /


performed with great or excessive hastea hurried visit
Derived Formshurriedly, adverbhurriedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for hurried (2 of 2)


/ (ˈhʌrɪ) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

(intr often foll by up) to hasten (to do something); rush
(tr often foll by along) to speed up the completion, progress, etc, of


urgency or eagerness
in a hurry informal
  1. easilyyou won't beat him in a hurry
  2. willinglywe won't go there again in a hurry
Derived Formshurrying, noun, adjectivehurryingly, adverb

Word Origin for hurry

C16 horyen, probably of imitative origin; compare Middle High German hurren; see scurry
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