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 House bill narrowly passed, but Republican efforts to undo the ACA ended two months later amid a flurry of changes in the Senate when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gave the rushed process a dramatic thumbs-down. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Andy Biggs, under scrutiny after Jan. 6 riot, has long history on conservatism's fringes," 19 Feb. 2021 The good vibes wouldn’t last despite a highly encouraging debut for Etienne, the No. 21 Bruins unraveling amid a flurry of clanked shots during a 66-48 loss to the Trojans at the Galen Center. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Inexperienced players flash promise for short-handed UCLA in loss to USC," 6 Feb. 2021 The original list included Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and was changed over the past few years amid a flurry of legal challenges. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "'Agony' ends as Michigan Muslims cheer end of travel ban," 21 Jan. 2021 That is expected to happen on Wednesday after he is inaugurated, amid a flurry of other executive actions that Mr. Biden plans to take to demonstrate his determination to reverse Mr. Trump’s legacy. New York Times, "Biden to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline in Inauguration Day Executive Order," 18 Jan. 2021 Amid a flurry of seasonal songs, some non-holiday hits are surging on both global tallies. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "Music From Brazil, Colombia, and Australia Surges on Billboard Global Charts Amid Holiday Flurry," 18 Dec. 2020 The reversal comes amid a recent flurry of exonerations as the city’s progressive district attorney, Larry Krasner, has aggressively pushed to revisit at least 16 questionable convictions. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, "Philadelphia police shot a man and accused him of rape. After 19 years in prison, he’s been found innocent.," 17 Dec. 2020 President Donald Trump’s administration and comes amid a flurry of rollbacks being finalized at the tail end of Trump’s term. Sean Reilly, Science | AAAS, "Trump’s new cost-benefit rule will curb EPA’s regulatory power," 9 Dec. 2020 The loss was the worst in Chargers’ franchise history amid a flurry of ineptitude on special teams, clock management and play-calling. oregonlive, "Chargers will retain coach Anthony Lynn through the end of the season: Report," 8 Dec. 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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Last Updated

28 Feb 2021

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“Flurry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flurry. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for flurry

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 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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