Thesaurus

hurry

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of hurry

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 excited and often showy or disorderly speed
  • after all her hurry to get her report done on time, Elizabeth learned that it wasn't due till the following week

Synonyms for hurry

Words Related to hurry

Near Antonyms for hurry

Antonyms for hurry

3 a state of noisy, confused activity
  • in all the hurry of the modern world, people tend to forget what's really important

Synonyms for hurry

Words Related to hurry

Near Antonyms for hurry

hurry

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of hurry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to cause to move or proceed fast or faster
  • the new nurses were hurried through the orientation program because they were so desperately needed on the ward

Synonyms for hurry

Words Related to hurry

Near Antonyms for hurry

Antonyms for hurry

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About hurry

How does the noun hurry contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of hurry are dispatch, expedition, haste, and speed. While all these words mean "quickness in movement or action," hurry often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion.

in the hurry of departure she forgot her toothbrush

How do expedition and dispatch relate to one another, in the sense of hurry?

Expedition and dispatch both imply speed and efficiency in handling affairs but expedition stresses ease or efficiency of performance and dispatch stresses promptness in concluding matters.

the case came to trial with expedition

paid bills with dispatch

When can haste be used instead of hurry?

The words haste and hurry can be used in similar contexts, but haste applies to personal action and implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness.

marry in haste

Where would speed be a reasonable alternative to hurry?

Although the words speed and hurry have much in common, speed suggests swift efficiency in movement or action.

exercises to increase your reading speed

Learn More About hurry

Time Traveler for hurry

Time Traveler

The first known use of hurry was in 1592

See more words from the same year

Thesaurus Entries Near hurry

hurries

hurry

hurrying

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Hurry.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hurry. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on hurry

Nglish: Translation of hurry for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of hurry for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!