or hur·ry-skur·ry

[hur-ee-skur-ee, huhr-ee-skuhr-ee]
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  1. with hurrying and scurrying.
  2. confusedly; in a bustle.
  1. characterized by headlong, disorderly flight or haste.

Origin of hurry-scurry

First recorded in 1725–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for hurry-scurry


  1. in frantic haste
  1. hasty and disorderly
  1. disordered haste
verb (intr)
  1. 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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