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.
Recent Examples on the Web Akraa, 22, said his missions were assigned at meetings arranged during hurried calls over the encrypted Telegram app. Washington Post, "ISIS at a crossroads," 24 Dec. 2019 Officials hurried to correct the president’s statement that ‘‘all travel’’ from Europe would grind to a halt, but the weekend mayhem spurred another scramble. Hannah Natanson,, "Coronavirus screening causes massive bottlenecks at O’Hare, other US airports," 15 Mar. 2020 Residents hurried to bottle up the good stuff before a local waste disposal company took care of the issue. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Wine Miraculously Flowed Through This Town's Water Taps for a Few Glorious Hours," 9 Mar. 2020 The same show that scattered logic to the wind and wronged its female characters in a hurried final season, which delivered an anticlimactic head-scratcher of an ending (Bran???) that didn’t satisfy anyone? Los Angeles Times, "Emmy predictions: Who will, should and could win at Sunday night’s awards," 19 Sep. 2019 In a hurried effort to contain the coronavirus, authorities are taking architectural cues from emergency hospitals that went up during the Ebola crisis. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Trump’s architectural vision for Washington, D.C. looks like Ancient Rome," 11 Feb. 2020 The House hearings that followed, despite a hurried schedule and White House obstruction, created a convincing record of Trump’s blithe disregard of a President’s duty to place the national interest before his own. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "What Matters Most in the Battle Between Trump and Pelosi," 7 Feb. 2020 Did the shoppers at JMart seem a little more hurried? Zoe Yang, Bon Appétit, "As Coronavirus Panic Spreads, I Went in Search of Wuhan’s Defining Dish," 6 Feb. 2020 Then Doncic missed a driving layup and Delon Wright missed a hurried three-point attempt as the shot clock expired. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Ahead of matchups with Lakers and 76ers, Mavericks are putting an emphasis on crunch-time woes," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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4 Apr 2020

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“Hurried.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce hurried (audio)

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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