Definition of scurry in English:



  • (of a person or small animal) move hurriedly with short quick steps.

    ‘pedestrians scurried for cover’
    • ‘Newly emerged moths scurry to the nearest vertical surface, such as a wall, until their cuticles harden.’
    • ‘They hear something scurry up the tree and Haldir cannot recognize it.’
    • ‘Bridges fly over the entrance route so, through the glass slot over the entrance, the public can see their civil servants scurrying or drifting about.’
    • ‘When someone accidentally bumps him on the street, his ranting makes bystanders scurry away.’
    • ‘The Fembots have junk (found all over the stage), and scurry around like men on a mission between songs.’
    • ‘What, then, is the status of the direct, point-blank parody of bureaucrats scurrying behind blue blinds?’
    • ‘While everyone was scurrying around trying to figure out how to embrace Matt Dillon's overlong, otherwise decent directing debut, there was no need for equivocation about Washington's work.’
    • ‘The girls jump up and scurry over to the crustaceans for closer inspection.’
    • ‘To that, let me just add, ‘Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry.’’
    • ‘Crucifixes and virgin statues bob and wave humorously at the camera as the children scurry along.’
    • ‘In Equinox Flower, Hirayama is left alone in an empty room as both his wife and daughter scurry in and out.’
    • ‘Word has it that Sundance is, while financially secure, scurrying to secure new sponsorship partners after some have fallen out.’
    • ‘Raincoated figures scurry into the school opposite.’
    • ‘The rats scurry around ravenously, and the narrator realizes that they are waiting to devour his warm, dead flesh.’
    • ‘Or when he steps off a train and into a crowd of photographers only to watch them scurry away when Ava Gardner emerges from an adjacent car.’
    • ‘Chefs and Apprentices scurry around, cooking pastries and birds.’
    • ‘The handkerchief began to plague me like a fly - as he said - flying around my head and eventually wound up scurrying into my jacket.’
    • ‘We have come to see the tornado in all of its glory, not the ant-like humans that scurry about in its path.’
    • ‘Several works focus on Times Square, allowing the cacophony of billboards and neon signs to nearly overwhelm the figures and vehicles scurrying below.’
    • ‘They decide to sink the boat to ensure it can't be salvaged, and are horrified when British sailors scurry out onto the deck and leap into the vast and dark Atlantic as the vessel sinks.’
    scamper, scuttle, bustle, skip, trot, hurry, hasten, make haste, rush, race, dash, run, sprint
    scoot, beetle
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  • 1A situation of hurried and confused movement.

    ‘I was in such a scurry’
    • ‘After the frantic scurry of the days before our departure, it was soothing to have no telephone calls, no letters to answer, not much to do but look after the baby, and eat, drink and sleep.’
    rush, race, dash, run, sprint
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  • 2A flurry of rain or snow.

    ‘the sled disappeared in a scurry of snow’
    swarm, cloud, flock, horde, throng, bustle, maelstrom, turmoil, flurry, whirl, flood
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Early 19th century: abbreviation of hurry-scurry, reduplication of hurry.