hur·​ly ˈhər-lē How to pronounce hurly (audio)

Example Sentences

the high-spirited hurly that engulfs the college campus as students begin arriving en masse for the start of the academic year
Recent Examples on the Web This was the last week of life for Off Vine restaurant, a treasured refuge from the hurly burly of Sunset Boulevard, housed in a bungalow with a 115-year history, a repository of countless, colorful movieland stories. Linda Deutsch, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2023

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Word History


probably short for hurly-burly

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hurly was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Hurly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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