Definition of flurry in English:



  • 1A small swirling mass of something, especially snow or leaves, moved by sudden gusts of wind.

    ‘a flurry of snow’
    • ‘Lomas was back in action yesterday, captaining a fairly young side after a raft of withdrawals through injury, and the flurries of snow that swirled through the stadium didn't make it any easier.’
    • ‘The sudden flurry of snow immediately caught everyone's eyes.’
    • ‘The city is shivering under a rare flurry of snow.’
    • ‘By midnight there are only a few left and a sudden flurry of snow sends the rest scurrying for the warmer shelter of their houses.’
    • ‘A sharp gust of wind sent a flurry of powder everywhere, the cold causing her to snap back to reality and start walking.’
    • ‘Today the forecast was for a cold north-westerly wind with the odd flurry of snow.’
    • ‘It just happened that on the days I was able to take the TRR to the range, the weather was miserable - cold, with a strong, gusty wind and occasional snow flurries.’
    • ‘He grimaced and shivered as a cold gust of wind blew a flurry of brown leaves across the porch and between his feet.’
    • ‘A flurry of white confetti snowed down from my locker.’
    • ‘Seconds later, with scant time to jump out of the way, in a flurry of sticks, leaves and flashing lights the boys in blue rush past at well over the speed limit.’
    • ‘Until that moment, Howard stood unmoving, seemingly impervious to the sub-freezing wind and occasional flurries of snow blown from nearby boughs, his eyes fixed upon unseen Taahas.’
    • ‘As a fresh flurry of snow fell, the world fell silent in dread expectation.’
    • ‘The girls were running to the top of the slope, lying down and rolling to the bottom, coming to rest in a flurry of arms and leaves.’
    • ‘In a flurry of heart-shaped jade-green leaves her wings appeared.’
    • ‘As hundreds of fans shook the sticks wildly, the shooter would see something that looked like a flurry of snow drifting in one direction.’
    • ‘In vindication, Gerald turned and walked away, leaving April to stand in the middle of the sidewalk with a flurry of golden leaves cascading around her.’
    • ‘An icy wind whipped across the bridges and occasionally a flurry of snow harried you down the street, snapping at your heels.’
    • ‘I approached it whistling, avoiding eye contact but the other trees warned it, rustling in the wind like a flurry of hands, waving and pointing.’
    • ‘A soft flurry of snow damped any lights in Mainport.’
    • ‘The tram docks, and you fight your way out into what is often a maelstrom of strong winds and snow flurries.’
    swirl, whirl, eddy, billow, shower, gust, rush, burst, gale, squall, storm
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    1. 1.1A sudden short period of activity or excitement.
      ‘there was a brief flurry of activity in the hall’
      • ‘The coming weeks will see a flurry of political activity around the country and the scene will begin to take shape in the Ballina area in the coming weeks when three conventions will be held in the town.’
      • ‘You can therefore picture the flurry of preparatory activities, as we feverishly draw up To Do lists, and audit our entire wardrobes for suitable all-weather clothing.’
      • ‘The girls giggled and turned red at his sudden flurry of activity, as if they suspected it had something to do with them.’
      • ‘This period also saw a flurry of construction activities in Bangalore.’
      • ‘All of a sudden there's a flurry of activity here because the decorators are in.’
      • ‘Yet it still heralds a flurry of excitement (some call it panic) over what exactly is to be cooked and how.’
      • ‘But - after the first flurry of excitement - the woolly one proved to be a bit of a disappointment, suffering from arthritis and premature ageing.’
      • ‘Outside there was a little flurry of bluefish activity.’
      • ‘If we jump ahead to the couple of days following my third assignment we find a flurry of e-mail activity, some of which references this very blog.’
      • ‘Over the next 48 hours, we're going to see a flurry of activity.’
      • ‘On the other side, a flurry of diplomatic activity between Russia and China in recent months continues to draw the giant powers of the Eurasian land mass closer.’
      • ‘Some 50,000 tons are landed in a few short weeks, a flurry of activity which in itself is enough to keep the island economy afloat.’
      • ‘A short sea watch produced a flurry of activity, with 5 Great Skuas passing north in the space of a few minutes.’
      • ‘Only when the ship negotiates one of the Mosel's many locks is there a sudden flurry of activity.’
      • ‘As you said, there has been a flurry of legal activity.’
      • ‘But the recent flurry of activity on Social Security has left me seriously far behind on a book proposal I'm trying to write.’
      • ‘Cue flurry of excitement and diplomatic activity.’
      • ‘The threat of the crisis leading to all-out conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours has prompted a flurry of international diplomatic activity.’
      • ‘There's been a sudden flurry of activity related to the Northern Bank heist.’
      • ‘Her simple answer headed an uproar and a flurry of activity.’
      burst, outbreak, spurt, fit, spell, bout, rash, blaze, eruption
      fluster, fuss, bustle, whirl, stir, ferment, hubbub, commotion, hustle, tumult
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    2. 1.2A number of things arriving or happening suddenly and during the same period.
      ‘a flurry of editorials hostile to the government’
      • ‘Suddenly, there was a flurry of voices from the dock and then Lee saw the Captain come up the gangplank.’
      • ‘But as he neared the crux of his missive, he was suddenly interrupted by a flurry of black tresses and wrinkled muslin rushing into the room.’
      • ‘The ambulance arrives in a flurry of whirling lights and wailing sirens.’
      • ‘If this is not done, if after the first flurry of meetings and resolutions nothing very much happens, it will be worse than having done nothing at all.’
      • ‘So far their slips have all been fairly minor, but on the other hand these little media flurries can sap you if they happen on a weekly basis.’
      • ‘As it happens, April 1933 saw a flurry of exchanges to which Rhonheimer doesn't refer.’
      • ‘The Fiat Uno arrived to a flurry of good press in 1983 looking way ahead of its time.’
      • ‘A flurry of e-mails arrived back in America recounting his adventures and studies, but when he got back to the USA in 1999, he seemed changed.’
      • ‘A flurry of arms suddenly erupted and Kayden barely had time to block them.’
      • ‘I am suddenly receiving a flurry of e-mails asking me to clarify what was done, who did it, etc.’
      • ‘The contact angered her and she was suddenly a flurry of arms and legs, living up to her name.’
      • ‘Suddenly a flurry of movements was shown on the screen and my brother's slightly tanned face appeared.’
      • ‘Christmas morning brought no snow, but there was a flurry of packages arriving through the mail.’
      • ‘The movie does not disappoint and I'm back to the hotel for an online chat to answer a flurry of questions from fans desperate to know what happens.’
      • ‘Leeandra's words tumble out in a rush as she arrives in a flurry of movements, noise and colors.’
      • ‘The end of the game arrived soon enough in a flurry of red and deafening hoots of victory.’
      • ‘He blinked sleepily at me, then realized what he was doing and immediately went into a flurry of apologies and embarrassment.’
      • ‘Marianne arrived in a flurry of skirts, immediately dropping down to sit with Daniel.’
      • ‘She arrived in a flurry of Chanel bags, Manolo Blahniks and duty-free perfume.’
      • ‘The arrival of the war machines is particularly well-handled as they arrive amid a flurry of strange weather phenomena.’
      spate, wave, flood, deluge, torrent, stream, tide, avalanche, storm, shower, cascade
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  • 1 (especially of snow or leaves) be moved in small swirling masses by sudden gusts of wind.

    ‘gusts of snow flurried through the door’
    • ‘The wind increased and Joe and the carpet were rising, swaying on currents of air as snow flurried around them.’
    • ‘Tiny snowflakes flurried down to the ground where they quickly disappeared.’
    • ‘Whispers flurried around us as we drew closer to the music.’
    • ‘This is so sudden that I drop the papers; like a snow flurry the papers flutter down softly.’
    • ‘Walking into the mass of silk, satin, and cottons, we became instantly camouflaged amongst the rainbow of colors flurrying everywhere.’
    • ‘Emotionally I feel like I am still in a snow storm with very little vision other than fragmented bits flurrying around my head.’
    • ‘Asahi opens the 1910 volume first, coughing and sneezing at the layer of dust that rose and flurried around her in a powdery maelstrom.’
    • ‘The gardens were desolated and barren, and white snow flurried out of the air from incoming clouds, frosting everything it touched.’
    • ‘Outside, snow flurried through light seeping through the window: silent static beyond the glass.’
    • ‘Fond memories flurried past by his eyes; his days at the academy on Earth, his fellow pilots and friends, all the women he had met, his mother and father.’
    • ‘With summertime abandon, the new arrivals sent their limbs flurrying in all directions.’
    • ‘Soon we reached a fine old track where pipits flurried on a fence and then we reached the high dam wall where oystercatchers skimmed.’
    • ‘More questions flurried to my mind instead of answers, making me wonder whether the answers were worthy of the effort put into the search.’
    • ‘As the snow continued to flurry on and off outside, quarrels between Wes and Frankie were constantly erupting inside the Horse and Carriage.’
    • ‘In the final scene, sulfur-hued powder flurried down on the group, resulting in a ghostly entombment.’
    • ‘A finch-like flock flurried on a field and high in the sky a fast-gliding flock, perhaps of fieldfares, split then re-emerged.’
    • ‘Tiny vivid goldcrests flurried about thistles, the cool descended, and I took the direct descent to the valley floor.’
    • ‘He had made a complaint then as well, whining of the cold and the wind and the ache in his belly, but the storm had took them and tossed them away to flurry to the ground with the snow.’
    • ‘Tiny snowflakes flurried about them as they finally completed the task.’
    • ‘I looked back up, and saw that it was the first snow of the year was flurrying.’
    swirl, whirl, eddy, billow, gust, blast, blow, rush, wind, churn, swish, spin, twist, spurt, surge, seethe, stream, flow, puff, squall, squirt, boil
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    1. 1.1(of a person) move quickly in a busy or agitated way.
      ‘the waiter flurried between them’
      • ‘While flurrying, DLH landed a nice jab, flush into Hopkin's face.’
      • ‘Isidore returned my grip and the physicians and servants flurried about as more blood washed out but no baby.’
      • ‘Alison flurried about the room putting away her essentials and then turned to Blair and finally heaved out a breath of air.’
      • ‘The actors flurry about backstage, hissing, thumping and gesticulating wildly between cues.’
      • ‘It was as if I was imperceptible; transparent to their views as they flurried past in clots and waves.’
      • ‘He stood amidst the chaos of the control center, beings flurrying around him in a haste of information and conflicting orders.’
      • ‘In a flurry of bright patterns, flashy materials, and skimpy outfits, several girls flurried into the room, all clicking away on high heels and giggling shrilly.’
      • ‘In the last 30 seconds, he would flurry in an attempt to steal close rounds.’
      • ‘He propped himself up on his elbows and watched as she flurried around.’
      • ‘He flurried to his locker, stored away his books, and ran off to the cafeteria.’
      • ‘When you say design, some folks conger up images of la-di-da characters with long silk scarves flurrying about pointing out how atrocious or marvelous everything looks.’


Late 17th century: from obsolete flurr ‘fly up, flutter, whirr’ (imitative), probably influenced by hurry.