Definition of hurry in English:



  • 1 Move or act with great haste.

    ‘we'd better hurry’
    ‘servants hurried around’
    • ‘She makes an impatient gesture and hurries away on plimsoled feet.’
    • ‘We see an anxious looking woman hurrying along a busy street.’
    • ‘The five children scrambled to their feet and hurried out of the tent leaving the men to talk.’
    • ‘The tinkling of the platinum against the marble flagstones woke her from her daze and she scrambled to her feet and hurried after him.’
    • ‘The Duke shakily got to his feet, and he hurried out of the room, just as a servant and two guards entered.’
    • ‘‘I'll do it,’ Gabe said, scrambling to his feet and hurrying off to find extra blankets for their guests.’
    • ‘He whistled and a servant hurried out from behind the ladies and came down to the flagway to shield them.’
    • ‘They reached the dining hall and the servant hurried ahead to push open the double doors for Cassara.’
    • ‘They hurried along, the smack of their feet the only sound that echoed in the dank cavern.’
    • ‘He did not mind the opulence, the smoke that permeated the place or the servants that hurried to and fro.’
    • ‘Adults smile and wish each other well as they hurry along doing last-minute chores.’
    • ‘He glanced over, his ears flicked up and he bounded to his feet to hurry over, then hesitated when he saw the two soldiers hovering at my shoulder.’
    • ‘The two guards walked into the room, with servants hurrying back and forth.’
    • ‘Servants bustled around, hurrying to do his bidding because he had the right to lop off their heads if he had the mind to.’
    • ‘Antonio burst out of the lift, pushing past me and hurrying out with Chase, the two of them conferring rapidly.’
    • ‘She turned and handed the cup to the servant who hurried to relieve the lady of this small burden.’
    • ‘Who was that strange looking lady with the colourful bonnet hurrying along the road and what was that peeping out of her basket?’
    • ‘Claire shot a furious look at us through her tears before hurrying after her brother.’
    • ‘Servants hurried past, attending to the figures in the water and carrying towels in their arms.’
    • ‘In a flowing move he was on his feet and hurried over, ignoring the guards and grabbing my arm without any hesitation.’
    be quick, hurry up, move quickly, go fast, hasten, make haste, speed, speed up, lose no time, press on, push on, run, dash, rush, hurtle, dart, race, fly, flash, shoot, streak, bolt, bound, blast, charge, chase, career, scurry, scramble, scamper, scuttle, sprint, gallop, go hell for leather, go like lightning
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    1. 1.1Do something more quickly.
      ‘hurry up and finish your meal’
      • ‘You kind of wish the characters would just hurry up and get where they're going already.’
      • ‘They should just hurry up and hire me, I could do most of the work fairly easily.’
      • ‘I do have the time off work, I just have to hurry up and finalize what weekend I'm going so I can get it off work!’
      • ‘He wanted people who could pick up on irony, nuance and jargon, and he also wanted the technologists to hurry up.’
      • ‘I was watching the French guy pay, and thinking, if they don't hurry up and order, I'll push in front too.’
      • ‘Anyway, I hurried up and rushed out of the house with Gina pushing me all the way.’
      • ‘Paddy is missed by his many neighbours and friends and we all wish him a very speedy recovery and say hurry up and come home.’
      • ‘Maria was speaking in Indonesian to the driver, telling him to hurry up, hurry up.’
      • ‘But it does the job of making me wish December 17th would hurry up and arrive.’
      • ‘After every run I would be the first to reach the lift calling out for Jon to hurry up.’
      • ‘I'd better hurry up and post this.’
      • ‘You know, it just doesn't make any sense to hurry up on a case that is this important.’
      • ‘I can see how those who would be looking forward to a refund might want to hurry up and get their papers in order.’
      • ‘Come on boys, hurry up and finish your food, we're closing in a minute.’
      • ‘She's been pushing her solicitor to hurry up and get the divorce papers served.’
      • ‘I'd better hurry up, have my shower and get dressed or I'll be late for lunch.’
      • ‘Maybe it's cause I just wanna hurry up and finish this story so I can start on my other ideas.’
      • ‘Whatever your needs are, hurry up and meet them; you've got about eight weeks.’
      • ‘If someone doesn't hurry up and get a tenant or two for the site the very name of the park will have become obsolete.’
      • ‘When he's in the kitchen he gets in such a bad mood if you ask him to hurry up, and I'm sure the customers must have heard him swearing at us more than once.’
      be quick, hurry up, move quickly, go fast, hasten, make haste, speed, speed up, lose no time, press on, push on, run, dash, rush, hurtle, dart, race, fly, flash, shoot, streak, bolt, bound, blast, charge, chase, career, scurry, scramble, scamper, scuttle, sprint, gallop, go hell for leather, go like lightning
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    2. 1.2[with object]Cause to move with haste.
      ‘she hurried him across the landing’
      • ‘The only point of the sketch was that he took ages to do everything and the comedy came from Ben trying to hurry him along.’
      • ‘She has taken hold of my arm, is hurrying me back down the hall.’
      • ‘There is no time to consider and explain - ‘I'm sorry, I must hurry you’.’
      • ‘Were they trying too hard to be hospitable, or to hurry us along?’
      • ‘The sooner you do that the sooner we can make a quick decision and hurry you on your way.’
      • ‘Al the ice-cream man would hurry us along in a heavy accent.’
      • ‘In fact I wouldn't have been surprised if the minute I'd finally purchased my shoes someone had come in and told me to hurry myself up, because the Marathon was about to start.’
      • ‘In fact, with the information I have acquired, I might even hurry you out the door.’
      • ‘As we spent time dithering on what to have it was reassuring to feel as though the staff weren't hurrying us along.’
      • ‘In an effort to hurry along tardy golfers and call a halt to five-hour rounds, hundreds of British courses are introducing a speed penalty.’
      • ‘In one swift move he gathered his brother into his arms and hurried him back into the house.’
      • ‘I ask her to describe a typical day but she tells me not to hurry her; first she wants to talk about her friends.’
      • ‘Even the fact that we were the only diners by the time we left wasn't a problem: our waitress never once tried to hurry us along or gave the impression that she would rather be somewhere else.’
      • ‘They are inclined to work at their own pace and will not be hurried.’
      • ‘But then his wife's angry voice could be heard berating and hurrying him, and he slammed his shutters.’
      • ‘The boyfriend rang but I hurried him off the phone so I could talk to her.’
      • ‘Andrea's annoyed at me for hurrying her across the road - if we had been our usual indecisive self, we would have been better placed.’
      • ‘We didn't talk for long - whoever she was with was hurrying her along (so mid-nineties) but there was something about her which made me worry.’
      • ‘Mummy hurried him along and tried not to acknowledge my presence.’
      • ‘I probably didn't hurry myself to do it as I wasn't at all pleased with any of it.’
      hustle, hasten, drive on, spur on, goad, prod
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    3. 1.3[with object]Do or finish (something) quickly or too quickly.
      ‘formalities were hurried over’
      • ‘But he is inexperienced in big meets and tends to hurry his stroke when pressed.’
      • ‘If I was hosting the show I'd hurry things up so much I'd put unnecessary pressure on the contestant.’
      • ‘The only treatment possible is to hurry things along, and make them more complete.’
      • ‘Descending into the chamber she glanced quickly at the timer and made a mental note to hurry things up.’
      • ‘And if the world's longest album title was combined with the world's longest wait, well, you can't hurry art.’
      • ‘The pressure will now be on Wallace from within his own party to hurry the issue forward, in order to reflect the wishes of his party members.’
      • ‘The hooded man seemed demanding and pressed the other man to hurry the search.’
      • ‘After a few minutes hurried consultation, they rushed us into the operating theatre.’
      • ‘Gents, much as I've enjoyed hearing you argue over the finer points of historical causality for the past several weeks, I need to hurry things along a bit.’
      • ‘The modern tendency is to shorten everything - in cricket they're now claiming that one day is too long for a match and are trying to invent ways of hurrying it up.’
      • ‘Do not try to hurry things, it will only frustrate.’
      • ‘Another factor pushed them to hurry the project: the need to get their ducks in a row before they ran out of time.’
      • ‘He pushed the elevator button a few more times to hurry it up.’
      • ‘But to the extent that we have any concern for international support, whether for its political or material value, hurrying the process will be costly.’
      • ‘Slow down - the more you hurry a shot, the worse you will play leading to more tension and pressure.’
      • ‘He has suffered because anxiety has caused him to hurry his finishing efforts, a sure sign of a lack of confidence.’
      • ‘Psychologists who study human anxiety say you should measure your regret and never hurry an apology.’
      • ‘Being an impatient sort, I added water to hurry it along, but I think this stopped the sugar obtaining that lovely golden caramel colour.’
      • ‘She realized the man was in some sort of rush so she had to hurry her pace to keep from losing him.’
      • ‘I don't think you are having an affair, unless it's a very hurried one.’
      hasty, rushed, speedy, quick
      quick, fast, swift, rapid, speedy, brisk, hasty, hurrying, expeditious, breakneck
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  • 1[mass noun] Great haste.

    ‘in my hurry to leave I knocked over a pile of books’
    • ‘The hustle and hurry of the job persist in a surreal atmosphere of expectation and denial.’
    • ‘More often than not, gift seekers step in and out of shops selling fancy wares, at the eleventh hour scratching their heads in confusion, not being able to choose anything in a state of hurry.’
    • ‘But, this one really helps explain the ridiculous hurry.’
    • ‘Hungary's hurry is shared by the entire region.’
    • ‘The usual hurry to get to work, usual rush to beat the peak time traffic, and usual eagerness to be part of the rat race.’
    • ‘Immediately, the owner rushed over to her, stumbling in his hurry.’
    • ‘At this rate I won't be needing it in any huge hurry.’
    • ‘Before the gold rush, the only hurry was to condemn.’
    haste, flurry, bustle, confusion, commotion, hubbub, hustle, urgency, agitation, turmoil
    rush, race, scramble, scurry
    speed, swiftness, rapidity, quickness
    fleetness, celerity
    hurry-scurry, pother
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    1. 1.1[with negative and in questions]A need for haste; urgency.
      ‘there's no hurry to get back’
      • ‘All I can say to those who speed is wise up, what is your hurry?’
      • ‘So now the party's frantically backpedalling: good heavens, we know we said you need congressional approval, but what's the hurry?’
      • ‘It just seems that there is no hurry and no urgency.’
      • ‘After a few more kilometres Richard drew up alongside and said, ‘What's the hurry, Skipper?’’
      • ‘But even though the advisers would have loved it to be done in the next 10 minutes, George said, ‘What's the hurry?’’
      • ‘Take six, nine or 12 months if you want to - what's the hurry?’
      importance, top priority, imperativeness, weight, weightiness, gravity, necessity, exigency, seriousness, momentousness, cruciality, extremity, haste
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  • in a hurry

    • 1Rushed; in a rushed manner.

      ‘I'm in rather a hurry’
      • ‘They are a great invention for busy people who need to prepare food in a hurry.’
      • ‘He paused and he seemed like he was in a hurry so he rushed out.’
      • ‘Mommy jumped from her chair in a hurry, then quickly put her hand to her head.’
      • ‘He laughed too, but you could tell he was bothered, and he rushed off in a hurry.’
      • ‘He advised farmers to avoid rushing into planting in a hurry and doing bad work as a result.’
      • ‘We got up in a hurry, Tony rushing to find something to cover himself up with.’
      • ‘Our bags were packed in a hurry and we had to rush to our limo that would take us to the ship.’
      • ‘His enjoyment didn't last as he was in a hurry and hated to rush.’
      • ‘Indeed, Sarah was often a woman in a hurry and her household economy was a busy place.’
      • ‘Lizzy and Becky just stared at Steve's absence of table manners as he shoved food in his mouth in a hurry.’
      in a hurry, running about, run off one's feet, rushing about, dashing about, pushed for time, pressed for time, time-poor
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      1. 1.1Eager to get a thing done quickly.
        ‘no one seemed in a hurry for the results’
        • ‘Indeed, the elderly woman prodded her way in fast, grandmotherly steps as if she were in a hurry to take her medication.’
        • ‘She watched as officers quickly made their way past her desk in a hurry to solve whatever case they were working on.’
        • ‘It is my understanding that the software will remain valid - which is why everyone is in a hurry to buy a copy before February 27th.’
        • ‘Katie walked away as fast at she possibly could with out looking too in a hurry to get away.’
        • ‘He spoke rapidly, for he was in a hurry to get home to his early Sabbath dinner; but he knew his business.’
        • ‘It was rapidly darkening outside, and she was in a hurry to be leaving.’
        • ‘However, at lunch, those serving food were in a hurry to finish off the job quickly.’
        • ‘The bell rang loudly and she saw students rushing out their classrooms, clearly in a hurry to get to lunch or class.’
        • ‘Their net savvy customers no longer have to rush out in a hurry to check their mail or surf the net for the information they are looking for.’
        • ‘Believe me, I am eager to finish it in a hurry, and to do so I have taken a couple of days off from the laboratory (this is also a secret).’
      2. 1.2informal [usually with negative]Easily; readily.
        ‘an experience you won't forget in a hurry’
        • ‘Overall, it was a lesson that the Kiwis would not forget in a hurry.’
        • ‘It was to be a mistake not forgotten in a hurry - he failed to do his research about the handler.’
        • ‘It was a remarkable moment; not one you'll forget in a hurry.’
        • ‘It was an experience I will not forget in a hurry.’
        • ‘This season will not be forgotten in a hurry as a result of all the happenings, both on and off the football fields!’
        • ‘It had to be one of the most exciting and challenging matches of the year and one I wont be forgetting in a hurry.’
        • ‘It's certainly not going to be a year that I forget in a hurry.’
        • ‘I won't forget in a hurry the evening our camp is invaded by marauding cows.’
        • ‘That was scary, and not something you forget in a hurry.’
        • ‘It was one small moment in my life, but I won't forget it in a hurry.’
  • in no hurry

    • 1Moving or acting without haste or urgency.

      ‘an adjustment will have to be made, but I'm in no hurry’
      • ‘He more or less weaved toward town, in no hurry.’
      • ‘After all, you are in no hurry because you are simply enjoying the island.’
      • ‘Crocodiles move using this 'sprawling gait' when they are in no hurry.’
      • ‘They were in no hurry, determined to enjoy their time together.’
      • ‘He'd always assumed he would be a father one day, but he was in no hurry.’
      • ‘We have already had a couple of offers, but we are in no hurry.’
      • ‘I was in no hurry: I had six days to dive, explore, and experience Kosrae.’
      • ‘We got held up by a herd of elephants in no hurry to cross the road.’
      • ‘Typically, he was still in no hurry, but this game is all about timing.’
      • ‘He was in no hurry, for he quite enjoyed this hunting as well.’
      1. 1.1Reluctant to do something.
        ‘the city was in no hurry to replace him’
        • ‘I still haven't experienced Oktoberfest, and am in no hurry to do so.’
        • ‘He added they are in no hurry to get married.’
        • ‘He is in no hurry to become king.’
        • ‘The president seemed in no hurry to act.’
        • ‘He is in no hurry to help out again.’
        • ‘When they return the next day, he appears in no hurry to give his opinion.’
        • ‘His son was in no hurry to find a suitable wife and start a family.’
        • ‘I am in no hurry to go and tackle hills.’
        • ‘The book is selling so well in hardcover that the publisher is in no hurry to bring out a paperback edition.’
        • ‘I am in no hurry to get another cat.’
        • ‘Claire was in no hurry to go shopping.’


Late 16th century (as a verb): imitative.