hur·​ried | \ ˈhər-ēd How to pronounce hurried (audio) , ˈhə-rəd \

Definition of hurried

1 : going or working at speed a hurried waitress
2 : done in a hurry : hasty a hurried departure

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Other Words from hurried

hurriedly \ ˈhər-​əd-​lē How to pronounce hurried (audio) , ˈhə-​rəd-​ \ adverb
hurriedness \ ˈhər-​ēd-​nəs How to pronounce hurried (audio) , ˈhə-​rēd-​ \ noun

Examples of hurried in a Sentence

The general was forced to make a hurried decision. She had a hurried meeting with her advisers before speaking to the press.
Recent Examples on the Web But there continue to be questions about Walsh’s handling of the hurried White appointment and its aftermath., 30 May 2021 But Lake's decision to step down as CEO and instead take a role as the company's executive chairperson wasn't a hurried or scared response to the retail frenzy. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, 24 May 2021 Janelle Meoño raced up the first-base line, causing a hurried throw on an infield single to sail wide of first base. John Mckelvey, The Arizona Republic, 21 May 2021 Some conversations were leisurely and thoughtful; others were brusque and hurried, with the medical team rushing from item to item on an interminable list of tasks. Clifford Marks, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2021 Don’t feel hurried, and make sure vegetables and fruits are in good condition. April Goess, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Apr. 2021 But its ultimate result — an upset win by an absent Anthony Hopkins over the late Chadwick Boseman, and presenter Joaquin Phoenix ending things on a hurried, unsettled note — left many viewers disappointed. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 5 May 2021 Scripture also said the hurried budget schedule posed an ethical issue for her. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2021 All but one of the dead were buried in hurried funerals, with a break during the Jewish Sabbath between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday. Ilan Ben Zion, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2021

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First Known Use of hurried

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hurried was in 1667

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14 Jun 2021

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“Hurried.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hurried

: happening or done very quickly or too quickly
: working very quickly or too quickly


hur·​ried | \ ˈhər-ēd \

Kids Definition of hurried

1 : going or working with speed : fast a hurried waitress
2 : done in a hurry a hurried dinner

Other Words from hurried

hurriedly adverb


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