[ skur-ee, skuhr-ee ]
/ ˈskɜr i, ˈskʌr i /
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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.
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Origin of scurry

First recorded in 1800–10; extracted from hurry-scurry
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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