scurry

[skur-ee, skuhr-ee]
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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
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Related Words for scurry

whisk, zip, scamper, rip, dart, dash, scoot, sprint, hurry, bustle, scuttle, shoot, fly, rush, run, whirl, tear, scud, race, skim

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British Dictionary definitions for scurry

scurry

verb -ries, -rying or -ried
  1. to move about or proceed hurriedly
  2. (intr) to whirl about
noun plural -ries
  1. the act or sound of scurrying
  2. a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
  3. horse racing a short race or sprint

Word Origin for scurry

C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry
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Word Origin and History for scurry
v.

1810, perhaps from hurry-scurry (1732), a reduplication of hurry (v.). As a noun, 1823, from the verb.

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