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[ hur-ee, huhr-ee ]

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.

    Synonyms: hasten

  2. to hasten; urge forward (often followed by up ).

    Synonyms: hustle, expedite, quicken, accelerate

    Antonyms: slow, delay

  3. to impel or perform with undue haste:

    to hurry someone into a decision.


, 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.

    Synonyms: quickness, ado, bustle, speed, dispatch, expedition, celerity

    Antonyms: deliberation


/ ˈhʌrɪ /


  1. introften foll byup to hasten (to do something); rush
  2. troften foll byalong to speed up the completion, progress, etc, of


  1. haste
  2. urgency or eagerness
  3. in a hurry informal.
    1. easily

      you won't beat him in a hurry

    2. willingly

      we won't go there again in a hurry

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Derived Forms

  • ˈhurryingly, adverb
  • ˈhurrying, nounadjective
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Other Words From

  • hurry·ing·ly adverb
  • over·hurry verb overhurried overhurrying
  • un·hurry·ing adjective
  • un·hurry·ing·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hurry1

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”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hurry1

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

See rush 1.
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Example Sentences

Higher wattage isn’t nearly as significant when it comes to slow cooking, but if you’re looking to achieve perfectly prepared meals in a hurry, it’s important to go for a toaster oven that’s powered sufficiently for your needs.

In no hurry to leave, it could generate snow showers and flurries into Tuesday.

Ohio State can also throw up points in a hurry, with the No.

I hope down the line Apple tweaks it to add a mode that captures both a raw and a jpeg version like many DSLRs do, so it’s easy to upload a shot to an Instagram story in a hurry, but also leaves you with a high-quality raw file to edit later.

In a home setting, it will be useful for tasks like truly wireless AR and VR, which require lots of data delivered in a hurry.

I could complain about how, two out of eight episodes in, Agent Carter is in no hurry to introduce its real villain.

Lorenzo Music delivers his lines as the title character in no particular hurry and with plenty of bite.

And so some long-standing policies have changed dramatically and in a hurry.

They also want the administration to hurry up and decide how it plans to go after the group, both in Iraq and in Syria.

Johnson indicated the school was in no hurry to unveil a new nickname or logo.

With him one is at high pressure all the time, and I have gained a good many more ideas from him than I can work up in a hurry.

The little crowd and the boats on the beach were right under them and no one paid any attention or seemed to be in a hurry.

That was because he was hungry, you see, but pigs nearly always eat fast, as though they were continually in a hurry.

Murat was in no hurry to commence his reign, and his subjects showed no great anxiety to see their new ruler.

Enough for him that it was one of the hated race, to be killed in a violent hurry or fled from in tremendous haste!