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 Reporters in Hubei have also spoken of being pressured to rein in their coverage, after an initial flurry of media attention turned up numerous embarrassing oversights by the Wuhan government. James Griffiths, CNN, "China says Xi Jinping is directing its Wuhan coronavirus response, but he's nowhere to be seen," 5 Feb. 2020 The Biden campaign’s urgent new message comes amidst a flurry of recent polls showing Biden and Sanders in a dead heat, with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, nipping at their heels. Philip Elliott / Des Moines, Time, "Joe Biden Positions Himself as the Anti-Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Beyond," 3 Feb. 2020 Holden was wheeled into the building by her granddaughter, Michelle Williams, and was unfazed by the dozens of people crammed in a small room to wish her happy birthday and the flurry of news media recording the momentous event. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "'Mother' Lois Holden, Detroit's 'matriarch and hero,' celebrates 110 years of life," 3 Feb. 2020 There is a chance of light snow or flurries Monday as a cold front passes across northern Arizona, and the weather service expects one inch or less, the weather report said. Ryan Vlahovich, azcentral, "Arizona could see cooler temperatures, freeze on Tuesday and Wednesday," 2 Feb. 2020 Hence the traditional flurry of campaign appearances in the final week. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Absent senators leave Iowa to Biden, Buttigieg and Yang as impeachment duty takes a toll," 29 Jan. 2020 Among the flurry of Sundance Film Festival opening-weekend premieres, the nearly five-hour Saturday screening was a coveted ticket. Fiona Hillery, refinery29.com, "Tears, Gasps & Laughter: All The Sundance Reactions To The New Hillary Clinton Documentary," 29 Jan. 2020 Chopped peanuts and a flurry of slivered cucumber and carrot add crunch. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "15 Excellent Asian Dishes for a Lunar New Year Celebration," 28 Jan. 2020 Overnight chance of sprinkles and flurries between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., then a chance of sprinkles and snow after 4 a.m. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "As January ends, freezing fog, seasonable temps, flurries," 27 Jan. 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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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flurry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flurry. Accessed 20 Feb. 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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