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 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,, "Oscars producer Steven Soderbergh explains decision to change the order of final awards," 5 May 2021 Scripture also said the hurried budget schedule posed an ethical issue for her. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Clawson mayor unexpectedly resigns during dramatic city council meeting," 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, "Blame for Israel's deadly stampede arrives at Netanyahu's door," 2 May 2021 In Oyeyemi land, there are more hurried glances and grazing fingertips in bookshops and libraries than in bedrooms. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "The Queen of Fractured Fairy Tales," 29 Mar. 2021 And the effect of that process can be heard in the text, which strides forward with the hurried rhythm of someone speaking to themselves aloud. Colin Asher, The New Republic, "When Richard Wright Broke With the Communists," 19 Apr. 2021 The hurried move also dashes other Ashland residents’ ambitious dreams to set the historic home inside the park and open it up to the public. oregonlive, "Raggedy Ann House in Ashland: Moving off Lithia Park property today won’t solve all the controversies," 18 Apr. 2021 The message, referring to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine production at Emergent’s Baltimore factory, set off a series of hurried nighttime telephone calls, according to officials familiar with the situation. New York Times, "U.S. Bet Big on Covid Vaccine Manufacturer Even as Problems Mounted," 6 Apr. 2021 As a senior, Mond was more efficient in his reads and cut down on his hurried throws and mistakes, throwing 19 touchdown passes and just three interceptions., "In a quarterback-rich NFL Draft, don’t overlook Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hurried

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hurried.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 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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