Definition of flurry in English:


Syllabification: flur·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈflərē, ˈflə-rē

noun (plural flurries)

  • 1A small swirling mass of something, especially snow or leaves, moved by sudden gusts of wind: a flurry of snow
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    • Today the forecast was for a cold north-westerly wind with the odd flurry of snow.
    • Lomas was back in action yesterday, captaining a fairly young side after a raft of withdrawals through injury, and the flurries of snow that swirled through the stadium didn't make it any easier.
    • The tram docks, and you fight your way out into what is often a maelstrom of strong winds and snow flurries.
    swirl, whirl, eddy, billow, shower, gust
  • 1.1A sudden short period of commotion or excitement: there was a brief flurry of activity in the hall
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    • Some 50,000 tons are landed in a few short weeks, a flurry of activity which in itself is enough to keep the island economy afloat.
    • This period also saw a flurry of construction activities in Bangalore.
    • There's been a sudden flurry of activity related to the Northern Bank heist.
    burst, outbreak, spurt, fit, spell, bout, rash, eruption; fuss, stir, bustle, hubbub, commotion, disturbance, furor
    informal to-do, flap
  • 1.2A number of things arriving or happening during the same period: a flurry of editorials hostile to the administration
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    • A flurry of e-mails arrived back in America recounting his adventures and studies, but when he got back to the USA in 1999, he seemed changed.
    • I am suddenly receiving a flurry of e-mails asking me to clarify what was done, who did it, etc.
    • She arrived in a flurry of Chanel bags, Manolo Blahniks and duty-free perfume.
    spate, wave, flood, deluge, torrent, stream, tide, avalanche; series, succession, string, outbreak, rash, explosion, run, rush

verb (flurries, flurrying, flurried)

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  • 1(Especially of snow or leaves) be moved in small swirling masses by sudden gusts of wind: gusts of snow flurried through the door
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    • The wind increased and Joe and the carpet were rising, swaying on currents of air as snow flurried around them.
    • The gardens were desolated and barren, and white snow flurried out of the air from incoming clouds, frosting everything it touched.
    • Outside, snow flurried through light seeping through the window: silent static beyond the glass.
  • 1.1(Of a person) move quickly in a busy or agitated way: the waiter flurried between them
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    • In the last 30 seconds, he would flurry in an attempt to steal close rounds.
    • The actors flurry about backstage, hissing, thumping and gesticulating wildly between cues.
    • In a flurry of bright patterns, flashy materials, and skimpy outfits, several girls flurried into the room, all clicking away on high heels and giggling shrilly.


late 17th century: from obsolete flurr 'fly up, flutter, whir' (imitative), probably influenced by hurry.

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