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

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 If your in-laws no-show on you, then don’t scurry to them. Washington Post, 30 May 2021 There, they’re regularly seen as roadkill or in small-scale racing events where they are made to scurry down a 40-foot track. Oliver Milman, Wired, 20 Nov. 2021 Bob was a swiftly moving storm that forced tens of thousands of vacationers and residents from Connecticut to Maine to scurry to accommodations inland or shelters that were opened in hundreds of schools, churches, and community centers., 17 Aug. 2021 Yet it is riddled with unseen passages through which its inhabitants can scurry, disappearing into one hole and emerging from a different one on the other side of the stage. Geoffrey O’brien, The New York Review of Books, 27 Feb. 2020 On the following play, the Jaguar defense keyed in on Uluave leaving Helm wide open and able to scurry into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown. The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 Sleeping in bed beside his mother, Yorick awakens in the middle of the night and sees Ampersand scurry out of the room. Nick Schager,, 13 Sep. 2021 At a dusty construction site here amid the limestone ridges of Provence, workers scurry around immense slabs of concrete arranged in a ring like a modern-day Stonehenge. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 The stakes are different in this natural arena: the squirrels scurry around to find morsels of food, all the while trying to evade occasional airborne predators such as hawks. Tess Joosse, Scientific American, 5 Aug. 2021

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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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19 Dec 2021

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“Scurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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