Why was clemency trending last week?


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for scurry
  • scurry dived to her left, got a hand on the ball but could not keep it out of the net.
  • On campus you scurry past us in the halls, being careful not to learn our names.
  • Lizards can scurry across ceilings and dash across water.
  • Insects, spiders and other tiny monsters that scurry across floors or fly through the air are frightening enough.
  • scurry couldn't catch a cold in that game and is so old she can't even get a goal kick past half field.
  • We are now watching the rats scurry about before they start jumping.
  • Snakes, crocodiles, and crabs scurry and swim about the forest floor.
  • Of course all of these have been show to you repeatedly and all you do is scurry off.
  • The field marshal in charge of the rocket base looks on, while launch pad workers scurry in the upper left background.
  • They can't fly, but they can scurry quite quickly over floors, walls and ceilings.
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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for scurry

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for scurry

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with scurry

Nearby words for scurry