Definition of hurly-burly in English:


Syllabification: hurl·y-burl·y
Pronunciation: /ˌhərlēˈbərlē


Busy, boisterous activity: the hurly-burly of school life
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  • However, I must confess that with age has come a certain distaste for the noise, the crowds and the whole hurly-burly of mass protest.
  • Despite all the pomp and circumstance, political hurly-burly raised its head at yesterday's festivities.
  • Anyway, Gus was so exquisite he used not to take part in the rough hurly-burly of football matches, but would remain aloof in perfectly clean kit.


Middle English: reduplication based on hurl.

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