hur·​ried | \ˈhər-ēd, 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, ˈhə-​rəd-​ \ adverb
hurriedness \ˈhər-​ēd-​nəs, 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.

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The hurried life came to an abrupt halt on Monday when he was arrested in Tokyo on financial charges. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Ghosn’s ‘Bigger-Than-Life’ Personality Increasingly Rare in Global Car Business," 19 Nov. 2018 The bill was written in a hurried and ill-considered process, and received very little input from those affected by the legislation. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Big tech is going after California's new privacy law," 3 July 2018 On Thursday, the third straight day of relatively little rain at the cave complex raised speculation that Thai officials were considering a hurried evacuation attempt. New York Times,, "Good weather, tough circumstances in Thailand cave rescue," 5 July 2018 There's a distinct shift in the room's energy as the director and camera operator work with quiet, hurried motions to capture the on-screen couple's adrenaline. Inna Shnayder, Allure, "Why Porn-Industry Icon Erika Lust Is Inviting Female Directors to Make Their First Adult Films," 28 June 2018 Their quiet and hurried actions contrasted with the look of them: a team of burly men with bushy eyebrows and sagging jowls wearing loud orange vests, worn jeans, heavy black shoes and yellow hardhats. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Here Is Where the Taxi Driver Set His Wife on Fire" by GKS Waller," 2 June 2018 The announcement to cancel major exercises set off a series of hurried top-level consultations between U.S. and South Korean officials, including between Mr. Mattis and his South Korean counterpart. WSJ, "U.S., South Korea Cancel Major War Game Planned for August," 19 June 2018 That hurried mistake was due to the pressure brought into his face by then-Yale linebacker and current Cardinals minicamp member Matthew Oplinger. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Cardinals' Ivy League rookies eager to prove themselves at 'grown man's' level," 17 June 2018 Like a basketball version of a smoke detector or check-engine light, Golden State’s coach jolted towards the court to warn of impending danger, unleashing a hurried timeout call midway through the first quarter. Ben Golliver,, "The Warriors' Oldest Nemesis Returns With a Vengeance," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of hurried

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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