[ skur-ee, skuhr-ee ]
See synonyms for: scurryscurriedscurriesscurrying on

verb (used without object),scur·ried, scur·ry·ing.
  1. to go or move quickly or in haste.

verb (used with object),scur·ried, scur·ry·ing.
  1. to send hurrying along.

noun,plural scur·ries.
  1. a scurrying rush: the scurry of little feet on the stairs.

  2. a short run or race.

Origin of scurry

First recorded in 1800–10; extracted from hurry-scurry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scurry in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for scurry


/ (ˈskʌrɪ) /

verb-ries, -rying or -ried
  1. to move about or proceed hurriedly

  2. (intr) to whirl about

nounplural -ries
  1. the act or sound of scurrying

  2. a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow

  1. horse racing a short race or sprint

Origin of scurry

C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry

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