scur·​ry | \ ˈskər-ē How to pronounce scurry (audio) , ˈskə-rē\
scurried; scurrying

Definition of scurry

intransitive verb

1 : to move in or as if in a brisk pace : scamper
2 : to move around in an agitated, confused, or fluttering manner

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Other Words from scurry

scurry noun

Examples of scurry in a Sentence

She scurried off to finish the job. Mice scurried around the house.

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The officers then step back and give the cub space to reunite with its family before scurrying off. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Watch: Tahoe-area sheriff’s officials free bears trapped in dumpsters," 5 Sep. 2019 And those shopkeepers and smiths had been defeated, dismissed, and sent scurrying to the valley of misery. Richard Brady, National Review, "Valley of the Shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 Whenever Fall left his hotel, people hovered and snapped selfies with him, sometimes without even speaking to him before scurrying off. Adam Himmelsbach,, "7-foot-6-inch Celtic Tacko Fall’s unlikely journey to the brink of the NBA," 17 Aug. 2019 Late that afternoon, an aide to Ms. Freeland scurried across Manhattan to track down an assistant to Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "In Nafta Rewrite, Canada Took Cue From Mexico: Make a Big Concession," 29 Nov. 2018 The creative team scurried in and out of Harrison’s dressing room to urge the star to change his mind. Frank Rizzo, New York Times, "At First Performance of ‘My Fair Lady,’ the Drama Was Offstage," 13 Apr. 2018 In addition, the rats often scurry off to a new hiding place after being found, extending the game and postponing the reward of being petted. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Lab rats play hide-and-seek for the fun of it, new study shows," 12 Sep. 2019 Pedestrians scurried last Tuesday when a man fired at least eight rounds near the intersection of Market and Sixth streets. Alejandro Serrano,, "Police arrest 3rd suspect in San Francisco Market Street gunfire," 28 Aug. 2019 But then a spidery beast could suddenly scurry across the sky, crossing state borders in a matter of seconds. Michael Peterson, National Geographic, "Record-breaking lightning as long as Kansas spotted," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of scurry

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scurry

short for hurry-scurry, reduplication of hurry

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English Language Learners Definition of scurry

: to move quickly and with short steps


scur·​ry | \ ˈskər-ē How to pronounce scurry (audio) \
scurried; scurrying

Kids Definition of scurry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move quickly … the stories were the kind that made people scurry past his house even in broad daylight …— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses


plural scurries

Kids Definition of scurry (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of moving quickly One wild scurry and Willie burst out into the sunlight.— Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill

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