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[flur-eed, fluhr-] /ˈflɜr id, ˈflʌr-/
marked by confusion or agitation.
Origin of flurried
flurry + -ed2
Related forms
unflurried, adjective


[flur-ee, fluhr-ee] /ˈflɜr i, ˈflʌr i/
noun, plural flurries.
a light, brief shower of snow.
sudden commotion, excitement, or confusion; nervous hurry:
There was a flurry of activity before the guests arrived.
Stock Exchange.
  1. a brief rise or fall in prices.
  2. a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
a sudden gust of wind.
verb (used with object), flurried, flurrying.
to put (a person) into a flurry; confuse; fluster.
verb (used without object), flurried, flurrying.
(of snow) to fall or be blown in a flurry.
to move in an excited or agitated manner.
1680-90, Americanism; blend of flutter and hurry
Related forms
flurriedly, adverb
2. upset, pother, stir, to-do, fuss, fluster, ado. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flurried
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  • He was exceedingly nervous and flurried, and his wan, colorless face looked like an effaced page.

  • Mrs. Grandon has been flurried and worried up to the last moment.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Next, a flurried brood of nestling partridges, flattened to earth, and piping dismally to one another.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • Had he done so, I should probably have been flurried and frightened away.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • He began to be flurried, for his own head was not too clear.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • I was so worried and flurried at the moment that I forgot to take the time.

    The Ghost Ship John C. Hutcheson
  • I am sure, if my parents should call on me to go with them, I shall be flurried out of my life.

  • Let me impart my confidence to you, you flurried little thing, in my own way.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • I saw with some surprise that the flurried assistants were sending up the great straining canvas with a single rope attached.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • Neither was she overawed or flurried when her callers entered.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for flurried


noun (pl) -ries
a sudden commotion or burst of activity
a light gust of wind or rain or fall of snow
(stock exchange) a sudden brief increase in trading or fluctuation in stock prices
the death spasms of a harpooned whale
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
to confuse or bewilder or be confused or bewildered
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete flurr to scatter, perhaps formed on analogy with hurry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flurried



"snow squall" 1828, American English, with earlier senses of "commotion," etc., dating to 1680s; perhaps imitative, or else from 17c. flurr "to scatter, fly with a whirring noise," perhaps from Middle English flouren "to sprinkle, as with flour" (late 14c.).


1757 in the commotion sense, from flurry (n.); 1883 in the snow sense. Related: Flurried; flurries; flurrying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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