noun Etymology: probably short for hurly-burly Date: 1594 uproar, tumult

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  • Hurly — Hur ly, n. [Cf. F. hurler to howl.] Noise; confusion; uproar. [1913 Webster] That, with the hurly, death itself awakes. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurly — [hʉr′lē] n. [< HURL] Archaic uproar; turmoil …   English World dictionary

  • hurly — /ˈhɜli/ (say herlee) noun (plural hurlies) commotion; hurly burly. {shortened form of hurly burly} …   Australian English dictionary

  • hurly — /herr lee/, n., pl. hurlies. 1. commotion; hurly burly. 2. Brit. hurley. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • hurly — hurl•y [[t]ˈhɜr li[/t]] n. pl. hurl•ies commotion; hurly burly …   From formal English to slang

  • hurly — ˈhərlē noun ( es) Etymology: probably short for hurly burly (I) : confusion, uproar, tumult …   Useful english dictionary

  • hurly — hur·ly …   English syllables

  • hurly —   n. game like hockey; stick used in it …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Hurly-burly — Hur ly bur ly, n. [Reduplicated fr. OE. hurly confusion: cf. F. hurler to howl, yell, L. ululare; or cf. E. hurry.] Tumult; bustle; confusion. Shak. [1913 Webster] All places were filled with tumult and hurly burly. Knolles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurly-burly — [hʉr′lē bʉr′lē] n. pl. hurly burlies [prob. extended < HURLY] a turmoil; uproar; hubbub; confusion adj. disorderly and confused …   English World dictionary

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