Definition of hurry in English:



  • 1 Move or act with haste; rush.

    ‘we'd better hurry’
    ‘servants hurried around’
    • ‘Who was that strange looking lady with the colourful bonnet hurrying along the road and what was that peeping out of her basket?’
    • ‘She turned and handed the cup to the servant who hurried to relieve the lady of this small burden.’
    • ‘They reached the dining hall and the servant hurried ahead to push open the double doors for Cassara.’
    • ‘Claire shot a furious look at us through her tears before hurrying after her brother.’
    • ‘In a flowing move he was on his feet and hurried over, ignoring the guards and grabbing my arm without any hesitation.’
    • ‘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 five children scrambled to their feet and hurried out of the tent leaving the men to talk.’
    • ‘She makes an impatient gesture and hurries away on plimsoled feet.’
    • ‘The Duke shakily got to his feet, and he hurried out of the room, just as a servant and two guards entered.’
    • ‘Servants bustled around, hurrying to do his bidding because he had the right to lop off their heads if he had the mind to.’
    • ‘‘I'll do it,’ Gabe said, scrambling to his feet and hurrying off to find extra blankets for their guests.’
    • ‘Adults smile and wish each other well as they hurry along doing last-minute chores.’
    • ‘Servants hurried past, attending to the figures in the water and carrying towels in their arms.’
    • ‘They hurried along, the smack of their feet the only sound that echoed in the dank cavern.’
    • ‘We see an anxious looking woman hurrying along a busy street.’
    • ‘He did not mind the opulence, the smoke that permeated the place or the servants that hurried to and fro.’
    • ‘The two guards walked into the room, with servants hurrying back and forth.’
    • ‘Antonio burst out of the lift, pushing past me and hurrying out with Chase, the two of them conferring rapidly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He whistled and a servant hurried out from behind the ladies and came down to the flagway to shield them.’
    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. 1.1[often in imperative]Do something more quickly.
      ‘hurry up and finish your meal’
      • ‘She's been pushing her solicitor to hurry up and get the divorce papers served.’
      • ‘Come on boys, hurry up and finish your food, we're closing in a minute.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘You kind of wish the characters would just hurry up and get where they're going already.’
      • ‘He wanted people who could pick up on irony, nuance and jargon, and he also wanted the technologists to hurry up.’
      • ‘Maria was speaking in Indonesian to the driver, telling him to hurry up, hurry up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They should just hurry up and hire me, I could do most of the work fairly easily.’
      • ‘I was watching the French guy pay, and thinking, if they don't hurry up and order, I'll push in front too.’
      • ‘But it does the job of making me wish December 17th would hurry up and arrive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I can see how those who would be looking forward to a refund might want to hurry up and get their papers in order.’
      • ‘Whatever your needs are, hurry up and meet them; you've got about eight weeks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After every run I would be the first to reach the lift calling out for Jon to hurry up.’
      • ‘You know, it just doesn't make any sense to hurry up on a case that is this important.’
      • ‘I'd better hurry up and post this.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 or proceed with haste.
      ‘she hurried him across the landing’
      • ‘But then his wife's angry voice could be heard berating and hurrying him, and he slammed his shutters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She has taken hold of my arm, is hurrying me back down the hall.’
      • ‘Al the ice-cream man would hurry us along in a heavy accent.’
      • ‘The sooner you do that the sooner we can make a quick decision and hurry you on your way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As we spent time dithering on what to have it was reassuring to feel as though the staff weren't hurrying us along.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I probably didn't hurry myself to do it as I wasn't at all pleased with any of it.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘They are inclined to work at their own pace and will not be hurried.’
      • ‘I ask her to describe a typical day but she tells me not to hurry her; first she wants to talk about her friends.’
      • ‘The boyfriend rang but I hurried him off the phone so I could talk to her.’
      • ‘In one swift move he gathered his brother into his arms and hurried him back into the house.’
      • ‘Mummy hurried him along and tried not to acknowledge my presence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, with the information I have acquired, I might even hurry you out the door.’
      hustle, hasten, drive on, spur on, goad, prod
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    3. 1.3[with object]Do or finish (something) quickly, typically too quickly.
      ‘formalities were hurried over’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If I was hosting the show I'd hurry things up so much I'd put unnecessary pressure on the contestant.’
      • ‘And if the world's longest album title was combined with the world's longest wait, well, you can't hurry art.’
      • ‘Do not try to hurry things, it will only frustrate.’
      • ‘The hooded man seemed demanding and pressed the other man to hurry the search.’
      • ‘Slow down - the more you hurry a shot, the worse you will play leading to more tension and pressure.’
      • ‘After a few minutes hurried consultation, they rushed us into the operating theatre.’
      • ‘I don't think you are having an affair, unless it's a very hurried one.’
      • ‘But he is inexperienced in big meets and tends to hurry his stroke when pressed.’
      • ‘He pushed the elevator button a few more times to hurry it up.’
      • ‘Psychologists who study human anxiety say you should measure your regret and never hurry an apology.’
      • ‘Descending into the chamber she glanced quickly at the timer and made a mental note to hurry things up.’
      • ‘Another factor pushed them to hurry the project: the need to get their ducks in a row before they ran out of time.’
      • ‘She realized the man was in some sort of rush so she had to hurry her pace to keep from losing him.’
      • ‘He has suffered because anxiety has caused him to hurry his finishing efforts, a sure sign of a lack of confidence.’
      • ‘The only treatment possible is to hurry things along, and make them more complete.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Being an impatient sort, I added water to hurry it along, but I think this stopped the sugar obtaining that lovely golden caramel colour.’
      • ‘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.’
      quick, fast, swift, rapid, speedy, brisk, hasty, hurrying, expeditious, breakneck
      hasty, rushed, speedy, quick
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  • 1Great haste.

    ‘in my hurry to leave, I knocked over a pile of books’
    • ‘Hungary's hurry is shared by the entire region.’
    • ‘At this rate I won't be needing it in any huge hurry.’
    • ‘Immediately, the owner rushed over to her, stumbling in his hurry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before the gold rush, the only hurry was to condemn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, this one really helps explain the ridiculous hurry.’
    • ‘The hustle and hurry of the job persist in a surreal atmosphere of expectation and denial.’
    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’
      ‘relax, what's the hurry?’
      • ‘But even though the advisers would have loved it to be done in the next 10 minutes, George said, ‘What's the hurry?’’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Take six, nine or 12 months if you want to - what's the hurry?’
      • ‘After a few more kilometres Richard drew up alongside and said, ‘What's the hurry, Skipper?’’
      • ‘It just seems that there is no hurry and no urgency.’
      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.

      ‘the city offers fast food if you're in a hurry’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We got up in a hurry, Tony rushing to find something to cover himself up with.’
      • ‘He paused and he seemed like he was in a hurry so he rushed out.’
      • ‘They are a great invention for busy people who need to prepare food in a hurry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His enjoyment didn't last as he was in a hurry and hated to rush.’
      • ‘Our bags were packed in a hurry and we had to rush to our limo that would take us to the ship.’
      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’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘She watched as officers quickly made their way past her desk in a hurry to solve whatever case they were working on.’
        • ‘He spoke rapidly, for he was in a hurry to get home to his early Sabbath dinner; but he knew his business.’
        • ‘However, at lunch, those serving food were in a hurry to finish off the job quickly.’
        • ‘Indeed, the elderly woman prodded her way in fast, grandmotherly steps as if she were in a hurry to take her medication.’
        • ‘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).’
        • ‘It was rapidly darkening outside, and she was in a hurry to be leaving.’
      2. 1.2informal [usually with negative]Easily; readily.
        ‘an experience you won't forget in a hurry’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It's certainly not going to be a year that I forget in a hurry.’
        • ‘It had to be one of the most exciting and challenging matches of the year and one I wont be forgetting in a hurry.’
        • ‘I won't forget in a hurry the evening our camp is invaded by marauding cows.’
        • ‘This season will not be forgotten in a hurry as a result of all the happenings, both on and off the football fields!’
        • ‘It was a remarkable moment; not one you'll forget in a hurry.’
        • ‘It was an experience I will 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.’
        • ‘Overall, it was a lesson that the Kiwis would not forget in a hurry.’


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