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scurry

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intransitive verb scur·ry \ˈskər-ē, ˈskə-rē\

Simple Definition of scurry

  • : to move quickly and with short steps

Full Definition of scurry

scur·riedscur·ry·ing

  1. 1 :  to move in or as if in a brisk pace :  scamper

  2. 2 :  to move around in an agitated, confused, or fluttering manner

scurry noun

Examples of scurry

  1. She scurried off to finish the job.

  2. Mice scurried around the house.



Origin of scurry

short for hurry-scurry, reduplication of hurry


First Known Use: 1810


SCURRY Defined for Kids

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scurry

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verb scur·ry \ˈskər-ē\

Definition of scurry

scur·riedscur·ry·ing

  1. :  to move quickly <… the stories were the kind that made people scurry past his house even in broad daylight … — Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses>




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noun scur·ry

Definition of scurry

plural scur·ries

  1. :  the act of moving quickly <One wild scurry and Willie burst out into the sunlight. — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill>





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