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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jordan proceeded with his tale about how various officials, including Vice-President Pence and the then national-security-adviser John Bolton, scurried off to size up Zelensky, then returned to the White House with good news. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Jim Jordan Tries to Recast Trump as the Hero of the Ukraine Scandal," 14 Nov. 2019 The deputies back away, allowing the cub to climb the ladder and scurry off to rejoin its family. Washington Post, "California deputies rescue wailing bear trapped in dumpster," 31 Aug. 2019 Employees shut down the conveyor belt and the critter scurried off, according to an update by Chavat. Doreen Christensen,, "Iguana gets a workout at Key West Airport in viral video," 26 Aug. 2019 Romelia Guadalupe, 22, scurried off to give her daughter a scrub in a nearby sink. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Sleeping on America’s Doorstep: A Dispatch From the Border," 25 June 2018 One suspects that, in many cases, commissioning work plays a palliative role: a company can applaud itself for having acknowledged contemporary reality and then scurry back to the safe space of the past. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Opera Against the Patriarchy," 30 Dec. 2019 In the scene, two wild pigs and four anoas, or dwarf buffaloes, scurry about as their apparent pursuers—mythical, humanoid figures sporting animal features like snouts, beaks and tails—give chase, armed with rope- and spear-like weapons. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Newly Discovered Indonesian Cave Art May Represent World’s Oldest Known Hunting Scene," 12 Dec. 2019 There were consequences to a combination of dozens of scurrying free-for-the-taking turkeys outnumbered by hundreds of turkey-tackling townspeople. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: When must a business be not just a business?," 1 Dec. 2019 Garrity did the rest, scurrying up the sideline and diving into the end zone for 37-yard touchdown. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Spencer Wright shines as Western Boone makes it back-to-back Class 2A titles in a rout," 30 Nov. 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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The first known use of scurry was in 1810

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scurry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce scurry (audio)

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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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