[ hur-ee, huhr-ee ]
See synonyms for: hurryhurriedhurrieshurrying on

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.

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).

  1. to impel or perform with undue haste: to hurry someone into a decision.

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.

Origin of hurry

First recorded in 1580–90; expressive word of uncertain origin, compare Middle English horyed (attested once) “rushed, impelled,” Middle High German hurren “to move quickly”

synonym study For hurry

1. See rush1.

Other words for hurry

Opposites for hurry

Other words from hurry

  • hur·ry·ing·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·hur·ry, verb, o·ver·hur·ried, o·ver·hur·ry·ing.
  • un·hur·ry·ing, adjective
  • un·hur·ry·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hurry in a sentence

  • Mrs. Parlin hurries the children down stairs, and out of the house, under their grandmother's protection.

  • For patriotism, like courage, is infectious; and it is a poor heart that hurries to abandon a sinking ship.

    The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for hurry


/ (ˈhʌrɪ) /

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

  1. haste

  2. urgency or eagerness

  1. in a hurry informal

    • easily: you won't beat him in a hurry

    • willingly: we won't go there again in a hurry

Origin of hurry

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

Derived forms of hurry

  • hurrying, noun, adjective
  • hurryingly, adverb

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