flurry

[flur-ee, fluhr-ee]
noun, plural flurries.
1.
a light, brief shower of snow.
2.
sudden commotion, excitement, or confusion; nervous hurry: There was a flurry of activity before the guests arrived.
3.
Stock Exchange.
a.
a brief rise or fall in prices.
b.
a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
4.
a sudden gust of wind.
verb (used with object), flurried, flurrying.
5.
to put (a person) into a flurry; confuse; fluster.
verb (used without object), flurried, flurrying.
6.
(of snow) to fall or be blown in a flurry.
7.
to move in an excited or agitated manner.

Origin:
1680–90, Americanism; blend of flutter and hurry

flurriedly, adverb


2. upset, pother, stir, to-do, fuss, fluster, ado.
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flurry (ˈflʌrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a sudden commotion or burst of activity
2.  a light gust of wind or rain or fall of snow
3.  stock exchange a sudden brief increase in trading or fluctuation in stock prices
4.  the death spasms of a harpooned whale
 
vb , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
5.  to confuse or bewilder or be confused or bewildered
 
[C17: from obsolete flurr to scatter, perhaps formed on analogy with hurry]

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flurry
"snow squall" 1828, Amer.Eng., probably from 17c. flurr "to scatter, fly with a whirring noise," perhaps from M.E. flouren "to sprinkle, as with flour." Sense of "commotion" first recorded 1710. As a verb, mid-18c. in the "commotion" sense; 1883 in the "snow" sense. Related: Flurried; flurries; flurrying.
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Example sentences
All month you've been watching flurries of leaves catch in the sunlight as they
  flutter down.
Flurries of questions about mysterious triangle-shaped snowflakes may soon
  subside, thanks to new research on snowflake formation.
These giant snowballs sometimes smack into each other, sending up flurries of
  ice grains.
Snow flurries swept through the air, making it difficult to see.
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