scur·​ry | \ˈskər-ē, 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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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 After the race, tornado warnings sent those at the speedway scurrying for cover. Zach Horrall, Indianapolis Star, "The Indy 500 on ABC: The top moments in the network’s 54-year run," 26 May 2018 As Uncle Bill lights the firework fuse and scurries away, everybody is on pins and needles until, suddenly and dramatically, the fuse goes out. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Classic '98: All fired up for the Fourth," 30 June 2014 He was picked in the fourth round, 74th overall, in 1989, and the Wings went to great lengths to help him defect, scurrying him away in 1990 when his CSKA Moscow team was in Portland, Ore., for a match before the Goodwill Games. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 Bar regulars like Gail Gilman, Tony Ryan and Jessica Loos lugged in buckets of ice, and scurried in and out of the back room clearing empty trays and bringing in new ones. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "North Beach bar and gathering spot Specs marks 50th anniversary with grand party," 30 Apr. 2018 Bregman stole second base and scurried to third on the backup catcher Sucre's errant throw. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros spoil Charlie Morton's gem in loss to Rays," 1 July 2018 The rising waters caused similar concern for the residents of Ellicott City on May 27, when the town’s streets were turned into a raging river for the second time in two years, sending people scurrying to second and third floors. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Immense rains are causing more flash flooding, and experts say it’s getting worse," 24 June 2018 Scott Utterback, Louisville Courier Journal The referee's signal sent Donshay White scurrying from his corner to the center of the cage. The Courier-Journal, "Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk," 21 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 \
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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