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

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Other Words from hurry


hurrier noun

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Seahawks had just one last week on Denver’s Case Keenum and just five quarterback hurries overall. Don’t think the line didn’t hear about it — Carroll spoke about the failings of the line pretty frankly during th week. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Over/Unders: How many receptions will Tyler Lockett have? What will Michael Dickson’s punting average be? And more!," 17 Sep. 2018 Cox has been playing better than his three-time Pro Bowl résumé in the postseason, but his statistics don’t tell the entire story despite his two tackles for losses, including a sack and four quarterback hurries in the Eagles’ two playoff wins. Marc Narducci,, "Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looking for grand finale against the Eagles," 31 Jan. 2018 Speed limits signs are often ignored as drivers rush to work, hurry to lunch and hustle home as fast as possible. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Worst Houston-area streets for speeding drivers," 2 May 2018 Passengers disembark and hurry to the on-board shop (alcohol and cigarettes can be sold only in German waters, which account for just 17 minutes of the trip). The Economist, "The Malmo-Palermo expressTwo giant engineering projects will alter the European landscape," 22 Mar. 2018 Earlier this week, Microsoft reminded customers that official support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020, even posting an official reminder page to encourage customers to hurry up and adopt Windows 10. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "For some, the glory days of Microsoft are ending in about a year," 18 Jan. 2019 When someone less important dies, undertakers have to hurry up. The Economist, "Cuba’s funerals: cheap and especially uncheerful," 28 June 2018 In a tweet, written from the weed's point of view, the pot asks the original owner to please hurry and rescue it from lock up. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Police are asking whoever mailed 10 pounds of weed to the wrong address to pick it up," 21 June 2018 The big event lasts until July 18, but hurry fast because the deals won't last forever. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Maybelline New York Just Launched Exclusive Beauty Bundles for Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But prospects remain uncertain as Democrats are in no hurry to secure a political victory for the president. Kevin Freking, The Seattle Times, "GOP lawmakers set goal of summer vote for trade deal," 26 Mar. 2019 Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner are apparently in no hurry to rush down the wedding aisle. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner Plan to Get Married “Soon”," 16 Nov. 2018 Nonprofits kick things off by nominating themselves — hurry, the deadline is Thursday — but the whole community has to get involved to make things work. Sarah Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Help Louisville win $100,000 with A Community Thrives," 13 Mar. 2018 Stylish and practical as Ruth, Samsock and the skittish Edith, who is always in a hurry, start the comedy warming. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Spirited comedy, courtesy of APL scientists," 19 Apr. 2018 His words come in a hurry, his raspy voice dancing across three decades in the ring. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "He’s nearly blind. He’s flat broke. But he carries Olympic gold in his pocket.," 11 Apr. 2018 Vacancy conveys lack of hurry, lack of pressure, lack of confinement — but not too much lack of confinement. Mark Feeney,, "Coloring our world, from cave paintings to today," 15 Mar. 2018 Team Rutgers suffered an accidental discharge at first but recovered with a flight of more than 60 feet in a hurry-up attempt. Scientific American, "The 2017 Alka-Rocket Challenge Wrap Up," 10 Nov. 2017 Doing so would make them—and the financial system as a whole—far more vulnerable in a moment of panic, when everybody wants to withdraw assets in a hurry. Kimberly Harrington, The New Yorker, "The Dangers of Undoing Dodd-Frank," 24 July 2017

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.

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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

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The first known use of hurry was in 1592

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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

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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