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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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 Council members were scurrying in and out of Clarke’s office all day long Tuesday trying to hash out a deal behind closed doors. Claudia Vargas,, "Council inches toward budget that won't hike Philly property taxes," 5 June 2018 Other businesses are also scurrying to assess the economic fallout of Trump’s decision to reject the agreement, including several European companies that moved quickly to invest in Iran after the multilateral deal was reached. Jim Tankersley And Natalie Kitroeff,, "Boeing CEO downplays loss of $20b contract with Iran after Trump pulls out of nuclear pact," 10 May 2018 The left-hander scurried along the baseline, this way and that, using a combination of quickness and anticipation to track down what often appeared to be winners for Williams but were not enough to end a point. Howard Fendrich,, "Angelique Kerber outplays Serena Williams, wins her first Wimbledon title," 14 July 2018 Altuve scurried to second base on Montas' wild pitch against cleanup hitter Josh Reddick. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros held scoreless in loss to A's," 10 July 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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an open space surrounded by woods

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