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 hurriedly (audio) , ˈhə-​rəd-​ \ adverb
hurriedness \ ˈhər-​ēd-​nəs How to pronounce hurriedness (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.

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Ebrard made hurried phone calls to Pompeo and Kushner on Friday, ahead of his trip to Washington, and hoped to enlist them to persuade Trump to back down on the tariffs. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Mexico begins trying to talk its way out of Trump’s latest tariff threat," 3 June 2019 One bright spot amid the hurried response efforts is the weather, which on Monday morning in Beira was dry, partly cloudy and hot. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "UN makes urgent appeal to help victims of Mozambique cyclone," 25 Mar. 2019 After evacuation by state troopers came the hurried walk across the schoolyard to the fire station. Loren Kleinman And Amye Archer, Marie Claire, "I’m a Survivor of Sandy Hook. This Is What The Past Six Years Have Been Like.," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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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