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[hur-ee, huhr-ee]
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verb (used without object), hur·ried, hur·ry·ing.
  1. to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.
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verb (used with object), hur·ried, hur·ry·ing.
  1. to drive, carry, or cause to move or perform with speed.
  2. to hasten; urge forward (often followed by up).
  3. to impel or perform with undue haste: to hurry someone into a decision.
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noun, plural hur·ries.
  1. a state of urgency or eagerness: to be in a hurry to meet a train.
  2. hurried movement or action; haste.
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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
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


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1. See rush1. 2. hasten. 3. accelerate, quicken; expedite, hustle. 6. celerity; expedition, dispatch; speed, quickness; bustle, ado.


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  • "That chance is the destiny that hurries me to my tomb," answered Almamen, solemnly.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • I cannot do more at this time, as I have something on my hand that hurries me much.

  • It only hurries the respiration, and chokes the pulmonary vessels.

  • It is our vanity which hurries us into situations from which we must come out damaged.

    The Point Of Honor

    Joseph Conrad

  • He is surprised, confused, and embarrassed, leaves his seat and hurries into the library.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

British Dictionary definitions for hurries


verb -ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (intr often foll by up) to hasten (to do something); rush
  2. (tr often foll by along) to speed up the completion, progress, etc, of
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  1. haste
  2. urgency or eagerness
  3. in a hurry informal
    1. easilyyou won't beat him in a hurry
    2. willinglywe won't go there again in a hurry
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Derived Formshurrying, noun, adjectivehurryingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16 horyen, probably of imitative origin; compare Middle High German hurren; see scurry
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Word Origin and History for hurries



1590, first recorded in Shakespeare, who used it often; perhaps a variant of harry (v.), or perhaps a West Midlands sense of Middle English hurren "to vibrate rapidly, buzz," from Proto-Germanic *hurza "to move with haste" (cf. Middle High German hurren "to whir, move fast," Old Swedish hurra "to whirl round"), which also perhaps is the root of hurl. Related: hurried; hurrying.

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c.1600, probably from hurry (v.).

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