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 Comets took the first lead of the game in the first frame when Nash scurried his way from second base to home plate on a throwing error from the catcher to third base. Josh Preston,, "St. Charles 5, Holy Cross 3: Jordan Jensen delivers clutch hit in extra innings," 31 Oct. 2017 Producers and studio executives follow political resistance to rebates closely since strong political pushback can send them scurrying, fearful that the program will be eliminated in the middle of their shoot. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "New Mexico’s Filmmaking-Incentive Program May Be Too Attractive," 30 Dec. 2018 Tourists visiting Chicago may avoid watching the scurrying pests, as neighborhoods in the downtown area such as The Loop, Gold Coast and River North logged fewer complaints. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Chicago named 'rat capital' of the country amid rodent complaint spike," 22 July 2018 An air-traffic-control-style system choreographs the movements of the 700 bots scurrying over an area the size of three football pitches, with just half a centimetre to spare between them. The Economist, "Ocado, the tech startup you thought was a supermarket," 24 May 2018 Lexington Market and its many vendors opened for business early Saturday morning, despite Friday’s closing after an online video went viral of a rat scurrying over cakes and cookies at Buttercup Bakery. Brittany Britto,, "Lexington Market reopens after rat incident as customers seek pastry favorites," 14 July 2018 During the 1940-41 German blitz, Britons kept calm and carried on, fending off Hitler’s offensive as Rosie the Riveter and Uncle Sam scurried to mobilize. Caitlin Fitz, WSJ, "‘A Nation Forged by Crisis’ Review: Part of the Wider World After All," 30 Nov. 2018 Only Escobar reached, scurrying to third base with two outs. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander strong night secures Astros victory against Twins," 9 Apr. 2018 Further along the paths, under the canopy of the trees, birds and chipmunks hop and scurry in the grass as children yell playfully from boats in the harbor., "At World’s End in Hingham, wooded trails mingle with harbor view," 23 June 2018

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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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