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 European Union and other nations then slapped Russia with a flurry of sanctions. Washington Post, "French foreign minister wants to rebuild ties with Russia," 9 Sep. 2019 Before Donald Trump was president, leaders of the world’s biggest economies would react to those worrisome signals with a flurry of meetings and announcements. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The global economy is slipping toward recession — and Trump is making it worse," 25 Aug. 2019 With the flurry of new launch vehicles under development, however, this time around there are likely to be many more bidders. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Single-core Delta IV is no more, fully automated Soyuz," 23 Aug. 2019 Although Kerr opened the second half with a flurry of probing runs, the Pride continued to build attacking opportunities, refusing to bunker even with a lead. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride beat Chicago Red Stars 2-1 despite early Alex Morgan injury," 23 Aug. 2019 The revelation in a 2016 Chronicle report that the luxurious skyscraper had settled 16 inches led to a flurry of lawsuits. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Expert panel endorses plan to stabilize SF’s leaning Millennium Tower," 27 Aug. 2019 An aging populace, combined with a worker shortage, has led to a flurry of robotic designs aimed at assisting older people. courant.com, "Japanese researchers want to give your grandma a robotic monkey tail," 21 Aug. 2019 Because in that flurry of legs, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have found a way to train a robot to move more smoothly. Scientific American, "Nanomachines, Jellyfish Hugs and Hurricane Dorian From Space: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 30 Aug. 2019 The move, criticized by officials from both counties and the governor, is the latest in a flurry of actions Yost took in recent weeks to wrest control over potential settlements or judgments away from city and county governments in Ohio. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Ohio AG Dave Yost again seeks control of opioid litigation, asks appeals court to halt first federal trial," 30 Aug. 2019

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, 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 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 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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