scurry

[ skur-ee, skuhr-ee ]
/ ˈskɜr i, ˈskʌr i /

verb (used without object), scur·ried, scur·ry·ing.

to go or move quickly or in haste.

verb (used with object), scur·ried, scur·ry·ing.

to send hurrying along.

noun, plural scur·ries.

a scurrying rush: the scurry of little feet on the stairs.
a short run or race.

Nearby words

  1. scurfy,
  2. scurrile,
  3. scurrility,
  4. scurrilous,
  5. scurrilously,
  6. scurvy,
  7. scurvy grass,
  8. scuse,
  9. scut,
  10. scuta

Origin of scurry

First recorded in 1800–10; extracted from hurry-scurry

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British Dictionary definitions for scurry

scurry

/ (ˈskʌrɪ) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

to move about or proceed hurriedly
(intr) to whirl about

noun plural -ries

the act or sound of scurrying
a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
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

scurry

v.

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

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