scurry

verb
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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Kim wanted North to take off her heels and switch into a pair of kids' shoes, but North wasn't feeling it and scurried off. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Borrowed Kim Kardashian's High Heels at True Thompson's Birthday Party," 16 Apr. 2019 Others who are wounded lay there as people scurry past them. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Las Vegas massacre 911 calls give glimpse of panic as gunfire rained down," 6 June 2018 After that, the tables are swept away, the music gets cranked up, and those looking for a little wine and light conversation go scurrying elsewhere. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 The waiters scurry back in with the first course of the ‘vegetable season’ menu: a broth made of potato and elderflower served in a terra-cotta pot, which has to be sucked through a straw. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 The actual extent of his spying was scurrying around the perimeter suspiciously enough to get caught. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "On His Manager’s Secret Service: Espionage Comes to English Soccer," 15 Jan. 2019 Now, scientists have found that the fossilized cranium belonged to an ancient relative of modern mammals that once scurried around North America some 130 million years ago. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "Big Discovery in a Tiny Mammal-Like Skull Found Under a Dinosaur’s Foot," 23 May 2018 Gus Kenworthy stood stone-faced, a shivering black puppy curled in his arms and more scurrying around him on the dirty, uneven cement floor. Jake Seiner, chicagotribune.com, "'Heartbroken' Gus Kenworthy visits dog meat farm, adopts puppy," 23 Feb. 2018 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, NOLA.com, "St. Charles 5, Holy Cross 3: Jordan Jensen delivers clutch hit in extra innings," 31 Oct. 2017

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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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scurrility

scurrilous

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scurvish

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scurry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scurry

: to move quickly and with short steps

scurry

verb
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

scurry

noun
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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