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 scurrying

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

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Contemporary Examples of scurrying

Historical Examples of scurrying

  • A few minutes later the men were scurrying around to their positions.

  • I was off to the hedge, Charlotte picking herself up and scurrying after.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • But it was only for a second, and then he was scurrying off as fast as a frightened Squirrel could.

  • This was literally true, for he was right at the heels of the scurrying Bob.

  • His first impression was a jumble—eyes, scurrying movement, and bulk.

    Cat and Mouse

    Ralph Williams


British Dictionary definitions for scurrying

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 scurrying

scurry

v.

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

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