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 Madison Academy controlled time-of-possession with its running game, taking a 7-3 lead into halftime, and the Mustangs used a flurry of big plays in the second half to build a commanding lead. al, "Avery Seaton lifts second-ranked Madison Academy past No. 5 Madison County 34-10," 9 Oct. 2020 Trump's return to the Oval Office prompted a flurry of precautions by his staff in an office building where the president and at least a dozen employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump returns to Oval Office, breaking COVID-19 quarantine," 8 Oct. 2020 Predictably, the human brains showed a flurry of activity in the visual center when shown a face of either a person or a dog and were comparatively subdued when only the back of a head was visible. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dog Brains Don’t Appear to Pay Special Attention to Faces," 7 Oct. 2020 Based just outside Denver, Boom, which has raised $160 million, has made a flurry of announcements before the XB-1 unveiling. Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg.com, "Aviation Outsider Builds Supersonic Jet for Transatlantic Flight," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent weeks have brought a flurry of new products from tech companies, although these traditionally splashy launches were forced to go virtual this year because of Covid-19. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Apple expected to reveal new iPhone Oct. 13," 6 Oct. 2020 Christie’s announcement, which followed news that Trump, first lady Melania Trump and other Republican leaders had tested positive for the virus, sparked a flurry of reactions online. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "Unlike Chris Christie, most COVID-19 patients don’t check themselves into hospitals. Here’s how it usually works.," 6 Oct. 2020 Christie’s announcement, which followed news that Trump, first lady Melania Trump and other Republican leaders had tested positive for the virus, sparked a flurry of reactions online. Washington Post, "Live updates: Senior military officials quarantining after Coast Guard admiral tests positive for covid-19," 6 Oct. 2020 At the same time, the White House has been working to trace a flurry of new infections of close Trump aides and allies. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "White House doctors: President Trump's blood oxygen level dropped twice recently," 4 Oct. 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

13 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flurry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flurry. Accessed 21 Oct. 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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