hurry-scurry

or hur·ry-skur·ry

[ hur-ee-skur-ee, huhr-ee-skuhr-ee ]
/ ˈhɜr iˈskɜr i, ˈhʌr iˈskʌr i /

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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Word Origin for hurry-scurry

C18: reduplication of hurry; compare helter-skelter
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