- to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.
- 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.
- a state of urgency or eagerness: to be in a hurry to meet a train.
- hurried movement or action; haste.
Origin of hurry
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Related Wordshaste, whirl, rush, whisk, zip, scurry, dash, scoot, jog, hasten, hustle, celerity, rustle, flurry, expedition, precipitance, commotion, drive, quickness, dispatch
Examples from the Web for hurry
I could complain about how, two out of eight episodes in, Agent Carter is in no hurry to introduce its real villain.Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Stomps on the Patriarchy
January 7, 2015
And so some long-standing policies have changed dramatically and in a hurry.Exclusive: ISIS’s Enemies Ask Pentagon for Drones
August 13, 2014
They also want the administration to hurry up and decide how it plans to go after the group, both in Iraq and in Syria.After Underestimating ISIS, Obama Scrambles for Plan to Defeat Them
August 9, 2014
Johnson indicated the school was in no hurry to unveil a new nickname or logo.The Native Americans Who Voted for ‘The Fighting Sioux’
June 26, 2014
The public is demanding the resignation of the members who called out, “Hey you, should hurry up and get married!”How Sexism Could Bring Down Japan’s Government
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
June 25, 2014
Let me fix your hair and we'll hurry to Vinton's as fast as ever we can.
Now hurry into your dressing gown and let's begin our letters.
So hurry up and get out of here, if you know what's good for you!The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
God does not hurry such: have we enough of hope for them, or patience with them?Weighed and Wanting
Even now, Burke did not look up, and his pen continued to hurry over the paper.Within the Law
- (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
- easilyyou won't beat him in a hurry
- willinglywe won't go there again in a hurry
Word Origin and History for hurry
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.
c.1600, probably from hurry (v.).