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 However, the promotion prompted a flurry of responses online from people who said Domino's had not hit the right tone, and instead should focus on real minorities, the vulnerable, and marginalized groups. Sara Spary, CNN, "Domino's New Zealand stops giving free pizzas to 'Karens' after backlash," 30 July 2020 A slow holiday weekend was followed by a flurry of high school recruiting news on Monday. Dennis Victory, al, "Recruiting update: Flurry of activity follows slow holiday weekend, more," 7 July 2020 There has been a flurry of headline-grabbing concepts: a restaurant in Amsterdam with tables isolated under protective bubbles, plexiglass cubicles dotting Italian beaches, contactless check-ins and the end of the lobby bar. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will Solo Travel Have the Same Appeal After the Coronavirus?," 3 July 2020 The bill passed the House and Senate on largely party-line votes Friday, with the Democratic supermajorities hurrying the measure through amid a flurry of activity as this week’s brief session wrapped up. oregonlive, "Cell phone tax sails through Oregon Legislature," 27 June 2020 His stern warning comes amid a flurry of international pressure on Israel to recant on its plans. Washington Post, "UN envoy: Israeli annexation could unleash Mideast violence," 25 June 2020 Along with the Democratic National Committee, the Biden team is also heavily promoting a separate, exclusive meet-and-greet with the former president before the main gathering through a flurry of text messages, emails, and social media posts. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden leans on Obama for fundraising lift," 23 June 2020 Mr Johnson’s decision drew general bafflement—and an instant flurry of speculation about its rationale. The Economist, "Schumpeter Elon, Masa and Boris in low-Earth orbit," 11 July 2020 What if, as a flurry of individual choices solidified into shared fates, things had gone just a little bit differently? Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Americans Are Living in an Alternate History," 6 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Setting the tone, images of snow flurried on screens above the runway, which was set up around plastic sculptures resembling melting ice. Washington Post, "Milan designers hybridize menswear for next fall/winter," 13 Jan. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of flurry was in 1686

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Last Updated

2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flurry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flurry. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for flurry

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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