flurry

noun
flur·​ry | \ˈflər-ē, 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

In the flurry of press around this spring’s record-breaking Christie’s auction of David and Peggy Rockefeller’s collections, Johnson was often referred to as the family historian. William Middleton, Town & Country, "From Gates to Rockefeller, Wealthy Families Hire Personal Historians to Preserve Their Legacy," 26 Oct. 2018 In a flurry of tweets on Saturday afternoon, President Trump, who was headed to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., this weekend, addressed immigration in broad strokes, re-emphasizing his calls for strong border protections. Fox News, "Thousands rally nationwide for illegal immigrant families separated at border," 2 Oct. 2018 This fact has been largely forgotten, buried by the flurry of bizarre and outrageous actions, and activists on both sides have had little reason to bring it up. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has Now Broken Every One of His Economic Populist Promises," 11 May 2018 Jackson's nomination was hampered by a flurry of allegations about his professional conduct. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Trump on Jackson's withdrawal: 'I saw where this was going'," 26 Apr. 2018 But judging by the flurry of photographs Jackson shared on social media, the outfit accomplished an even bigger goal—making its wearer feel like a million bucks. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Paris Jackson Updates the Canadian Tuxedo," 14 Feb. 2018 Jones responds and after a flurry of punches the employee ends up on the ground and the two sides are pulled apart. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Police: Airport worker insulted, threatened Adam Jones before fight," 13 July 2018 Host JR Radcliffe discusses a wildly busy Sunday that also included a flurry of roster moves and yet another win for the red-hot Brewers, who took six of seven on the homestand. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers Podcast: Hear from the Brewers all-stars and a conversation with Erik Kratz," 9 July 2018 Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa instantly became a national hero because of his flurry of dazzling saves. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Mexico’s World Cup Ends in Round of 16," 2 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 \
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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