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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Since the 19th century, when the Irish potato famine sent all who could scurrying for the New World, a large Irish population had been growing in Northern California. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "How some Sacramentans will celebrate Independence Day in a town 4,000 miles from U.S.," 1 July 2018 Take Leslie Davidson: She was born and raised in the Emerald City, where 155 days of rain a year and temperatures above 73 degrees send people scurrying for shelter or shade. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Save time, stay dry on foot in Seattle’s ‘hidden’ passageways and tunnels," 30 May 2018 The canine officer appeared to be putting equipment into his cruiser around 8: 30 p.m. when the bolt struck, causing him to scurry inside his car. David Harris,, "Watch the moment a lightning strike hit Apopka police headquarters, putting scare into officer," 27 June 2018 In a video, as a seal approaches a penguin colony, only the penguins closest scurry away while the remainder stay in place, unperturbed. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Breeding King Penguins Move Like Liquid Molecules," 8 Apr. 2018 Just 20 seconds after Fowler’s birdie on the 18th, Reed, who plays with a placid urgency, sent his long birdie putt scurrying across the side of an embankment in the middle of the green. Tim Layden,, "Patrick Reed Can't Be Denied as He Bucks Convention to Win at Augusta," 8 Apr. 2018 Investors scurried into safe assets like U.S. government bonds. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Dow drops sharply as Italy political turmoil spooks investors," 29 May 2018 One of the other guests crouches and a meerkat scurries onto her leg. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "We Went on a Meerkat Safari and Loved It," 24 Apr. 2018 There was a raccoon scurrying aimlessly through the roadway with its head trapped inside a peanut butter jar, body camera video shows. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Raccoon trapped in peanut butter jar ‘tried to thank’ cop who came to the rescue, video shows," 28 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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