Definition of scurry in English:


Syllabification: scur·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈskərē

verb (scurries, scurrying, scurried)

[no object]
(Of a person or small animal) move hurriedly with short quick steps: pedestrians scurried for cover
More example sentences
  • Bridges fly over the entrance route so, through the glass slot over the entrance, the public can see their civil servants scurrying or drifting about.
  • Crucifixes and virgin statues bob and wave humorously at the camera as the children scurry along.
  • They decide to sink the boat to ensure it can't be salvaged, and are horrified when British sailors scurry out onto the deck and leap into the vast and dark Atlantic as the vessel sinks.
hurry, hasten, run, rush, dash; scamper, scuttle, scramble; Britishscutter
informal scoot, beetle
dated make haste

noun (plural scurries)

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A situation of hurried and confused movement: I was in such a scurry
More example sentences
  • After the frantic scurry of the days before our departure, it was soothing to have no telephone calls, no letters to answer, not much to do but look after the baby, and eat, drink and sleep.
rush, race, dash, run, hurry; scramble, bustle


early 19th century: abbreviation of hurry-scurry, reduplication of hurry.

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