flurry

noun
flur·​ry | \ ˈflər-ē How to pronounce flurry (audio) , ˈflə-rē\
plural flurries

Definition of flurry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a gust of wind
b : a brief light snowfall
2a : a brief period of commotion or excitement
b : a sudden occurrence of many things at once : barrage sense 2 a flurry of insults
3 : a brief advance or decline in prices : a short-lived outburst of trading activity

flurry

verb
flurried; flurrying

Definition of flurry (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to become agitated and confused

intransitive verb

: to move in an agitated or confused manner

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Examples of flurry in a Sentence

Noun

We had a few flurries yesterday. a flurry of activity on the floor of the stock market as soon as the news spread

Verb

flurried by visions of falls and broken bones, the parents wouldn't even allow the child to ride a bike
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sykes’ 22 points in the third quarter, added to a flurry of Mercury penalties, made for a deadly combination. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Brittney Griner finds redemption in game-winning free throws as Mercury beat Dream," 8 July 2019 The request for an overhaul is in part a response to a flurry of recent ballot measures championed by supervisors that would raise business taxes to fund a variety of social programs. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF launches sweeping review of city’s business taxes," 3 July 2019 Companies that struggle to raise cash at home go offshore, said Mr. Chow at DBS, referring to a flurry of dollar bond sales by Chinese property developers. Shen Hong, WSJ, "China Starts the Year With a Corporate Bond Boom," 20 Feb. 2019 These ramifications have led to a flurry of recent criticism from both human rights groups and the press. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018 That in turn led to a flurry of summits with Beijing and Seoul and an unprecedented summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore three months ago. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "North Korea wraps up 70th anniversary with mass rally," 10 Sep. 2018 Today, in response to the flurry of questions about them, West tweeted a diptych including a photograph of what appeared to be a modern version of the traditional Japanese shoe, the geta. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Turns Out Kanye West’s Too-Small Yeezy Pool Slides Are Dangerous," 28 Aug. 2018 That reality has led, understandably, to a flurry of public health measures aimed at containing this burgeoning opioid epidemic, which kills tens of thousands of people every year (and may actually be getting worse). Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Pain Patients and Opioids, Gene Editing Cholesterol, Doctor Burnout," 10 July 2018 Her email led to a flurry of emails, which led to long phone conversations, which led to Fabian’s flight last month from her home in California to Williamsburg to visit Shatz. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "They survived the Holocaust, and then he rescued her from communism. Sixty-five years later, they’ve reunited.," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron James to down Cavaliers," 16 May 2018 Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron James to down Cavaliers," 16 May 2018 Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron James to down Cavaliers," 16 May 2018 Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron James to down Cavaliers," 16 May 2018 Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron James to down Cavaliers," 16 May 2018 Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron James to down Cavaliers," 16 May 2018 Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron James to down Cavaliers," 16 May 2018 Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break. Kyle Hightower, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron James to down Cavaliers," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of flurry

Noun

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1749, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for flurry

Noun

probably from flurr to throw scatteringly

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flurry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flurry

: a brief and light snowfall
: a brief period of excitement or activity
: a large amount of something that happens or comes suddenly

flurry

noun
flur·​ry | \ ˈflər-ē How to pronounce flurry (audio) \
plural flurries

Kids Definition of flurry

1 : a gust of wind
2 : a brief light snowfall
3 : a brief outburst There was a flurry of overhauling and painting …— Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

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