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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.
Origin of scurry
1800-10; extracted from hurry-scurry Unabridged
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  • These the Azbeg beat at once on coming up, dismounted and overcame many, making all scurry off.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The voice shouted again and was answered by a scurry of horses' feet.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • But there was a scurry in the passage and a pounding at the panels.

    The Last Galley Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In the hurry and scurry that ensued, Sandy escaped sadly to the square.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • Did they not give up their ships, and pay us tribute, and scurry out of Sardinia that Rome might spare them?

    The Lion's Brood Duffield Osborne
  • The dancing and the scurry of pattering feet had both ceased.

  • “Yes, father,” floated down to him, followed by a scurry of light feet in the corridor overhead.

  • They did not dash and rush and scurry through their lives in those days, as we do in these.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for scurry


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scurry

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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