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 One-Night Stick Insects Tall, dark, and handsome, one-night stick insects are nocturnal and can be observed scurrying around during odd hours of the morning. Rachel Van Nes, The New Yorker, "Fun Facts About Love Bugs," 12 Feb. 2020 Senator Lamar Alexander too acknowledged that these are the facts, only to scurry behind the vapid excuse that this is for the people, not the Senate, to decide. Mona Charen, National Review, "Mitt Romney: A Modern Man for All Seasons," 6 Feb. 2020 In Downtown Boston, the sudden storms caused people to scurry to their destinations. Jaclyn Reiss,, "These photos show how sudden and serious today’s thunderstorms are," 31 July 2019 The 49-year-old trusted his gut, which compelled him to scurry inside the 7-Eleven in front of him and hide out of fear. Alice Yin,, "Man, woman in critical condition after shooting in front of 7-Eleven in Chicago Lawn," 1 July 2019 But a rumor about an employee said to have contracted coronavirus has sent prospective customers scurrying elsewhere, according to local CBS affiliate KPIX. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Coronavirus rumors are hurting Chinatowns around the world," 6 Feb. 2020 Beneath the snow lies the subnivium, a busy microclimate where plants thrive and animals scurry to and fro. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "Snow is the only thing keeping some plants and animals from freezing to death," 31 Jan. 2020 His hospital and others across Massachusetts often closed their doors to ambulances, sending paramedics scurrying to find an open ER. John Diedrich,, "Some busy hospitals say they must turn away ambulances. Here's how one state banned the practice," 22 Nov. 2019 Wednesday's incident came almost two years after a similar crash on the ramp from I-65 North to eastbound I-64 in August 2017 killed pigs and sent others scurrying on the roadway. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Animal welfare groups: We were 'stonewalled' in trying to help pigs in Louisville crash," 18 July 2019

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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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The first known use of scurry was in 1810

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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce scurry (audio)

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


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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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