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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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  • He sits alone and in utter darkness, the only sounds the scurrying feet and squeaking voices of rats.

    The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
  • But it was only for a second, and then he was scurrying off as fast as a frightened Squirrel could.

    The Adventures of Buster Bear Thornton W. Burgess
  • The tread of heavy boots sent her scurrying out of the living room.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • This was literally true, for he was right at the heels of the scurrying Bob.

    Frontier Boys in Frisco Wyn Roosevelt
  • Then he was conscious of a rush of scurrying feet, and a large man pushing over a chair in front—making for him.

    Thirty Howard Vincent O'Brien
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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