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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At dusk and into the night, rats scurry in the alley between the church and the jail, darting under doorways and into sewer drains. Bloomberg News, al.com, "Jeffrey Epstein now sharing a jail with ‘El Chapo’," 10 July 2019 As soon as the last model turned the corner, guests scurried out of the airport pandemonium. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and Jennifer Connelly Pulled an All-Nighter at the Louis Vuitton Cruise After-Party," 9 May 2019 While birds’ ancestors, the dinos, ruled the planetary roost, our mammalian kin scurried around in the dark, fearfully nocturnal and gradually losing color discrimination. Quanta Magazine, "A Bird’s-Eye View of Nature’s Hidden Order," 12 July 2016 After a practice round, 18-year-old Derek Hopkins scurried through mounds of vegetable oil and Crisco, arms flailing, and snatched the flag with apparent ease. Kellen Browning, BostonGlobe.com, "Greasy pole champions compete for the glory," 30 June 2019 To begin the third inning, Peacock scurried toward third base to field a slow roller and flung the ball out of Yuli Gurriels’ reach. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Pirates make quick work of Brad Peacock, Astros," 27 June 2019 The procession director scurries around, making sure everything is properly placed, and Mass begins. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Solemn Parties, Festive Liturgies — What’s Not to Like about Being Catholic?," 22 June 2019 How else could so many sentient toys scurry so cavalierly around playgrounds and along highways, day and night, without anyone noticing? N.b., The Economist, "“Toy Story 4” is another enjoyable, nostalgic adventure," 21 June 2019 On Monday, emergency management personnel scurried around the makeshift command center. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "18,000 sandbags later, Lake City flood fears diminish even as rivers rise across southwestern Colorado," 16 June 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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Dictionary Entries near scurry

scurrile

scurrility

scurrilous

scurry

S curve

scurvish

scurvy

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The first known use of scurry was in 1810

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More Definitions for scurry

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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