scurry

verb scur·ry \ ˈskər-ē , ˈskə-rē \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of scurry

scurried; scurrying
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

scurry

noun

Examples of scurry in a Sentence

  1. She scurried off to finish the job.

  2. Mice scurried around the house.

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Origin and Etymology of scurry

short for hurry-scurry, reduplication of hurry


SCURRY Defined for English Language Learners

scurry

verb

Definition of scurry for English Language Learners

  • : to move quickly and with short steps


SCURRY Defined for Kids

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scurry

verb scur·ry \ ˈskər-ē \

Definition of scurry for Students

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

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scurry

noun

Definition of scurry for Students

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


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