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.
Recent Examples on the Web Techs scurry about onstage, and at my performance, the audience held its collective breath as a large set piece very nearly toppled over. Matthew J. Palm,, "A rough road to the ball can’t fully snuff out the sparkle of ‘Cinderella’ | Review," 18 Apr. 2021 When most rabbits would jump away—pushing off the ground with both back legs to propel themselves forward—sauteur d’Alfort bunnies instead throw their backends up over their heads, balance on their front paws and scurry forward. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Thanks to a Genetic Mutation, These French Rabbits Prefer Handstands to Bunny Hops," 30 Mar. 2021 Humans usually dream while in REM sleep, and during this time, the eyes scurry under closed eyelids. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Like Humans and Mammals, Octopuses May Have Two Stages of Sleep," 26 Mar. 2021 Hitters can scurry back to the bench after striking out and figure out what went wrong by reviewing the at-bat on a tablet. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Who's better, Montana or Brady? 49ers' Joe Cool knows gloat won't make you GOAT," 6 Mar. 2021 Others scurry past before Hughes can approach them. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Six years ago, Lutheran didn't have a wrestling team. This week, it has a state finalist.," 18 Feb. 2021 Fed officials had to scurry to assure investors that no immediate reduction in the bond purchases was planned. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "Fed supported advance notice before changing bond purchases," 6 Jan. 2021 Gun sales typically soar in the weeks following the election of a Democratic president, as buyers scurry to purchase firearms for fear that the new chief executive will fulfill campaign promises to tighten regulations on gun sales. Anchorage Daily News, "Covid lockdowns, protests and election strife led to record gun sales in 2020," 18 Jan. 2021 Video monitors were set up to enable the staff to keep watch over patients whenever a nurse had to scurry away to care for someone else. Arkansas Online, "'Like a bathtub filling up': Alabama is slammed by the virus," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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Last Updated

23 Apr 2021

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“Scurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scurry

: to move quickly and with short steps


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


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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