scurry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from hurry-skurry, a reduplication of hurry.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: scur‧ry
  • Rhymes: -ʌri

Verb[edit]

scurry (third-person singular simple present scurries, present participle scurrying, simple past and past participle scurried)

  1. To run with quick light steps, to scamper.
    • 2017 March 14, Stuart James, “Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Shakespeare has gone back to the formula of last season, by encouraging his players to press high up the pitch and restoring Shinji Okazaki to the starting XI to scurry around between midfield and attack.
    • 1964, William Golding, Lord of the Flies
      Then the piglet tore loose from the creepers and scurried into the undergrowth.

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Noun[edit]

scurry (plural scurries)

  1. A dash.
    • 1845, Sporting Magazine (volume 5, page 25)
      Found a fox in Deerstone, and after a great deal of music, and a scurry or two round the wood, went away over Whigford Down, but he was too far before them to make any more quick music []