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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 scurrying
  • As the party laid out a picnic, a sudden downpour sent its members scurrying for cover.
  • The first video showed a toy-size prototype scurrying across the floor.
  • No, there won't be scouts scurrying about checking radar guns, stopwatches and birth certificates.
  • As you would expect from an industry with a history of innovation, good and bad, firms are scurrying around for new opportunities.
  • And certainly no thief was to be seen scurrying across the half-empty concourse with a bulky laptop bag slung over a shoulder.
  • Finally, one of the ants compromised its camouflaged position, scurrying out across the bright white plate.
  • The germ-free mice were more active, and spent more time scurrying around their enclosures.
  • All the scurrying and fluttering about now seem to him a sort of nebulous, beloved maternal figure.
  • Fear sends the patient scurrying to the doctor to find out what, if anything, is wrong with him.
  • Dive bombing, scurrying back and forth, and feigning a broken wing means you are too close to their nests or chicks.
British Dictionary definitions for scurrying


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 scurrying



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

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