hur·​ry | \ ˈhər-ē How to pronounce hurry (audio) , ˈhə-rē\
hurried; hurrying

Definition of hurry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to carry or cause to go with haste hurry them to the hospital
b : to impel to rash or precipitate action that hard-to-be-governed passion of youth hurried me frequently into intrigues with low women— Benjamin Franklin
2a : to impel to greater speed : prod used spurs to hurry the horse
b : expedite asked them to hurry dinner
c : to perform with undue haste hurry a minuet

intransitive verb

: to move or act with haste please hurry up



Definition of hurry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : disturbed or disorderly activity : commotion the incessant hurry and trivial activity of daily life … seem to prevent, or at least discourage, quiet and intense thinking— C. W. Eliot
2a : agitated and often bustling or disorderly haste
b : a state of eagerness or urgency : rush was in a hurry to get home
in a hurry
: without delay : as rapidly as possible the police got there in a hurry

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from hurry


hurrier noun

Choose the Right Synonym for hurry


haste, hurry, speed, expedition, dispatch mean quickness in movement or action. haste applies to personal action and implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness. marry in haste hurry often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion. in the hurry of departure she forgot her toothbrush speed suggests swift efficiency in movement or action. exercises to increase your reading speed expedition and dispatch both imply speed and efficiency in handling affairs but expedition stresses ease or efficiency of performance and dispatch stresses promptness in concluding matters. the case came to trial with expedition paid bills with dispatch

Examples of hurry in a Sentence


Take your time. There's no need to hurry. She hurried off to her class. We hurried through the lesson so that we could finish early. The teacher hurried us through the lesson. They hurried the children off to bed. The quarterback was forced to hurry his throw.


In her hurry to leave she forgot her briefcase. after all her hurry to get her report done on time, Elizabeth learned that it wasn't due till the following week
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Leonard and George give the Clippers star power unlike the franchise has ever known As the rest of the NBA hurried to make their free agency decisions, Kawhi Leonard took his time. Andrew Greif, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kawhi Leonard to sign with Clippers, who also trade for Paul George," 5 July 2019 The other pressures on the young passer made a difference too as the Tide were credited with five QB hurries. Michael Casagrande |, al, "A few extra observations, context from Alabama win at South Carolina," 15 Sep. 2019 In the pass game, Morgan was sacked five times and was hurried other times, including the strip sack that also coughed up Minnesota lead. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "After disasters, Gophers rally again to beat Georgia Southern 35-32," 14 Sep. 2019 The Walker Fire burning in Plumas County has exceeded 50,000 acres, and firefighters are hurrying to strengthen containment lines in the face of a hot and windy forecast. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Walker Fire map: 50,000 acres burned, forest still closed," 13 Sep. 2019 But the Trump administration walking away from a deal is a development that all parties are now hurrying to digest. Cara Anna, The Denver Post, "AP Explains: How Trump upended US-Taliban peace talks," 8 Sep. 2019 Love and Nash should be aware of defensive end Trevis Gipson, a 6-foot-4, 268-pound senior who had two tackles for a loss — including a sack — and two QB hurries in East Lansing. Steve Kroner,, "San Jose State vs. Tulsa football preview: Players to watch, story lines," 6 Sep. 2019 After transferring to the hospital, I was outfitted with intravenous Pitocin to hurry labor along, but my cervix wouldn’t budge. Nikki Kolb, Glamour, "A Traumatic Birth Forever Changed My First Moments of Motherhood," 4 Sep. 2019 Auburn with runs of five and six yards from JaTarwious Whitlow, then Eli Stove breaks one for 36 and hurries for an 11-yard catch to the left side for a touchdown. oregonlive, "Live updates: No. 11 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 16 Auburn Tigers," 31 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the team didn’t ruin Lynch, who never seemed to be in any particular hurry to start, by rushing him. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Here’s how you will know it’s time for Broncos to start rookie QB Drew Lock," 27 July 2019 Next up for the happy couple, of course, is the actual wedding, though Madhu said the two aren't in any hurry to walk down the aisle. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra's Mom Shared Details on Her Wedding to Nick Jonas," 22 Aug. 2018 Mason Rudolph now takes over as the starter, and Pittsburgh’s coaches must help the second-year pro find comfort within the offense in a hurry. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Steelers' Mike Tomlin faces ultimate test after Ben Roethlisberger's injury," 16 Sep. 2019 Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young could change things in a hurry. Mark Heim |, al, "Ohio State vs. Indiana 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 14 Sep. 2019 Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times If Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Elizabeth Warren are headed for a showdown, neither of them appears in a hurry to get there. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Biden and Warren Avoid Direct Conflict — But for How Long?," 13 Sep. 2019 Oregon has a unique ability to find chunk plays and put up points in a hurry. Zachary Neel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Nevada Wolfpack at Oregon Ducks odds, picks and best bets," 6 Sep. 2019 Everybody's in a hurry to get things cleaned up and back to normal. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Homeowner's Last-Minute Hurricane Prep Checklist," 3 Sep. 2019 And here's hoping this thing gets out to sea in a hurry. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 1, 2019," 1 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hurry.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hurry


1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hurry

Verb and Noun

perhaps from Middle English horyen

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hurry

Statistics for hurry

Last Updated

19 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hurry

The first known use of hurry was in 1592

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hurry



English Language Learners Definition of hurry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move, act, or go quickly
: to make (someone) move, act, or go quickly
: to carry or send (someone or something) more quickly than usual



English Language Learners Definition of hurry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a need to do something more quickly than usual


hur·​ry | \ ˈhər-ē How to pronounce hurry (audio) \
hurried; hurrying

Kids Definition of hurry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to carry or cause to go with haste She is not someone who can be hurried.
2 : to move or act with haste She hurried off to school.
3 : to speed up Mechanics hurried the repair job.



Kids Definition of hurry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a need to act or move more quickly than usual : rush

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on hurry

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for hurry

Spanish Central: Translation of hurry

Nglish: Translation of hurry for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of hurry for Arabic Speakers

Comments on hurry

What made you want to look up hurry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


transposition of initial sounds of words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Word Puzzles

  • alt 57589b2b4c6a3
  • Which answer pairs best with each of the following words? living, estate, club, music, road, mile
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!