- to go or move quickly or in haste.
- to send hurrying along.
- a scurrying rush: the scurry of little feet on the stairs.
- a short run or race.
Origin of scurry
First recorded in 1800–10; extracted from hurry-scurry
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Examples from the Web for scurry
I feel like I am in a John Le Carré novel and scurry into the tavern in hopes of avoiding an “international incident.”Half of This Bar Is in Slovenia, the Other Half Is in Croatia
January 6, 2014
The answer is not to browbeat the parties to scurry to the negotiating table.Fire the Mideast Policy Team!
Leslie H. Gelb
July 7, 2010
Then out of the scurry and whirl, the old terrier was observed to get on top.The Spoilers of the Valley
The voice shouted again and was answered by a scurry of horses' feet.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
We had to scurry out in a hurry to avoid being penned there.Left on Labrador
Charles Asbury Stephens
In the hurry and scurry that ensued, Sandy escaped sadly to the square.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
He left the woodchucks to scurry about the pasture as they pleased.The Tale of Snowball Lamb
- to move about or proceed hurriedly
- (intr) to whirl about
- the act or sound of scurrying
- a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
- horse racing a short race or sprint
C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry
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Word Origin and History for scurry
1810, perhaps from hurry-scurry (1732), a reduplication of hurry (v.). As a noun, 1823, from the verb.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper