hurry-scurry

or hur·ry-skur·ry

[hur-ee-skur-ee, huhr-ee-skuhr-ee]

noun

headlong, disorderly haste; hurry and confusion.

adverb

with hurrying and scurrying.
confusedly; in a bustle.

adjective

characterized by headlong, disorderly flight or haste.

Origin of hurry-scurry

First recorded in 1725–35
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British Dictionary definitions for hurry-scurry

hurry-scurry

adverb

in frantic haste

adjective

hasty and disorderly

noun

disordered haste

verb (intr)

to rush about in confusion

Word Origin for hurry-scurry

C18: reduplication of hurry; compare helter-skelter
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Word Origin and History for hurry-scurry

1732, probably a reduplication of hurry formed with awareness of scurry.

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