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 The 43 second time-lapse video shows Jolie sitting in the makeup chair as a few makeup and hair artists work in a flurry around her. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Maleficent Is Back! Watch as Angelina Jolie Transforms Into the Disney Villain for the Sequel," 11 Sep. 2019 Flocks of ducks launched from the water in a flurry of wings and agitated quacks. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Now you can kayak Arizona's famous Horseshoe Bend. Here's how.," 5 Sep. 2019 The measures are part of a flurry of legislation states are adopting to slow runaway drug costs, which are stretching state budgets and patients’ wallets. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Reining in the spending on drugs: What Mass. can learn from other states," 27 Aug. 2019 Most recently, Madrid attempted to ship Navas out as part of one of a flurry of bids that have gone PSG's way. SI.com, "Keylor Navas Hands in Real Madrid Transfer Request to Push Through Summer Move," 22 Aug. 2019 In the wake of his announcement, there’s been a flurry of lawsuits filed in federal courts from Washington D.C. to California. Washington Post, "Can Trump’s Wall `Emergency’ Stand Up in Court?: QuickTake," 18 Sep. 2019 The Vikings started off what will be a flurry of weekend moves with a trade. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings deal Danny Isidora to Miami for seventh-round pick, start making cuts," 30 Aug. 2019 Just last week, news reports were a flurry about Gigi Hadid and Tyler Cameron couple dressing. Teen Vogue, "The 12 Best Matching Celebrity Couple Outfits," 19 Aug. 2019 In the immediate aftermath of communism there was a flurry of revelations about collaboration between Russian hierarchs and the KGB, but soon the files snapped shut. The Economist, "Church leaders in central and eastern Europe remain surprisingly loth to condemn their old adversary," 11 Aug. 2019 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, courant.com, "Celtics Down Cavaliers, 107-94, Despite 42 From LeBron James," 15 May 2018 Fishing the morning of the snow flurries this past week, Captain Mike Carter still managed to find a Guntersville giant for his clients--big bass of the trip was well over 8 pounds! Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 15 Mar. 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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1 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for flurry

The first known use of flurry was in 1686

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flurry

noun
How to pronounce flurry (audio)

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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