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[skur-ee, skuhr-ee] /ˈskɜr i, ˈskʌr i/
verb (used without object), scurried, scurrying.
to go or move quickly or in haste.
verb (used with object), scurried, scurrying.
to send hurrying along.
noun, plural scurries.
a scurrying rush:
the scurry of little feet on the stairs.
a short run or race.
1800-10; extracted from hurry-scurry Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scurried
  • Then she scurried off to meet with the explosives teams, seeking information on future spectacles.
  • She scurried away, but my heart was pounding an hour later.
  • Most of the politicians who scurried back from foreign holidays looked as shell-shocked as everyone else.
  • Their skinny pale arms pressed their books to their chests as they scurried along in full skirts and white bobby socks.
  • Boys with pushcarts scurried past donkeys laden with wares.
  • The group even discussed trying to catch and eat the alpine rats that scurried around the rocks near their camp.
  • Half an inch long, they scurried up the walls, across the ceiling straight over my head.
  • We scurried down one slope, clambered up another, and headed for the sheep that had eluded us for weeks.
  • We're experiencing the biggest upheaval in human-computer interaction since the first mice scurried onto the market decades ago.
  • These travelers carried suitcases and scurried away from the van.
British Dictionary definitions for scurried


verb -ries, -rying, -ried
to move about or proceed hurriedly
(intransitive) to whirl about
noun (pl) -ries
the act or sound of scurrying
a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
(horse racing) a short race or sprint
Word Origin
C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry
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Word Origin and History for scurried



1810, perhaps from hurry-scurry (1732), a reduplication of hurry (v.). As a noun, 1823, from the verb.

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