Definition of scurry in English:



  • no object, with adverbial of direction (of a person or small animal) move hurriedly with short quick steps.

    ‘pedestrians scurried for cover’
    • ‘Raincoated figures scurry into the school opposite.’
    • ‘The girls jump up and scurry over to the crustaceans for closer inspection.’
    • ‘Several works focus on Times Square, allowing the cacophony of billboards and neon signs to nearly overwhelm the figures and vehicles scurrying below.’
    • ‘We have come to see the tornado in all of its glory, not the ant-like humans that scurry about in its path.’
    • ‘To that, let me just add, ‘Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry.’’
    • ‘Chefs and Apprentices scurry around, cooking pastries and birds.’
    • ‘What, then, is the status of the direct, point-blank parody of bureaucrats scurrying behind blue blinds?’
    • ‘In Equinox Flower, Hirayama is left alone in an empty room as both his wife and daughter scurry in and out.’
    • ‘They hear something scurry up the tree and Haldir cannot recognize it.’
    • ‘The rats scurry around ravenously, and the narrator realizes that they are waiting to devour his warm, dead flesh.’
    • ‘Newly emerged moths scurry to the nearest vertical surface, such as a wall, until their cuticles harden.’
    • ‘The Fembots have junk (found all over the stage), and scurry around like men on a mission between songs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The handkerchief began to plague me like a fly - as he said - flying around my head and eventually wound up scurrying into my jacket.’
    • ‘When someone accidentally bumps him on the street, his ranting makes bystanders scurry away.’
    • ‘Crucifixes and virgin statues bob and wave humorously at the camera as the children scurry along.’
    • ‘Word has it that Sundance is, while financially secure, scurrying to secure new sponsorship partners after some have fallen out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    scamper, scuttle, bustle, skip, trot, hurry, hasten, make haste, rush, race, dash, run, sprint
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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.