I. noun (plural flurries) Etymology: probably from flurr to throw scatteringly Date: 1686 1. a. a gust of wind b. a brief light snowfall 2. a. a brief period of commotion or excitement b. a sudden occurrence of many things at once ; barrage 2 <
a flurry of insults
3. a brief advance or decline in prices ; a short-lived outburst of trading activity II. verb (flurried; flurrying) Date: 1749 transitive verb to cause to become agitated and confused intransitive verb to move in an agitated or confused manner

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  • Flurry — Flur ry, n.; pl. {Flurries}. [Prov. E. flur to ruffle.] 1. A sudden and brief blast or gust; a light, temporary breeze; as, a flurry of wind. [1913 Webster] 2. A light shower or snowfall accompanied with wind. [1913 Webster] Like a flurry of snow …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flurry — may refer to:* , a sudden shower or snowfall with a gust of wind * Flurry, a Mac OS X screensaver * Flurry, a Super Mario series enemy character …   Wikipedia

  • flurry — n bustle, fuss, ado, *stir, pother Analogous words: perturbation, agitation, disturbance, discomposure (see corresponding verbs at DISCOMPOSE): *haste, hurry flurry vb fluster, agitate, perturb, disturb, *discompose, disquiet Analogous words:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • flurry — [n] commotion, burst ado, agitation, brouhaha, bustle, confusion, disturbance, excitement, ferment, flap*, flaw, fluster, flutter, furor, fuss, gust, haste, hurry, outbreak, pother, spell, spurt, squall, stir*, to do, tumult, turbulence, turmoil …   New thesaurus

  • Flurry — Flur ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flurried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flurrying}.] To put in a state of agitation; to excite or alarm. H. Swinburne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flurry — index confuse (bewilder), dispatch (promptness), haste, outburst, perturb Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Flurry — m Irish: variant of FLORRY (SEE Florry) …   First names dictionary

  • flurry — snow squall 1828, Amer.Eng., with earlier senses of commotion, etc., dating to 1680s; perhaps onomatopoeic, or else from 17c. flurr to scatter, fly with a whirring noise, perhaps from M.E. flouren to sprinkle, as with flour (late 14c.). As a verb …   Etymology dictionary

  • flurry — ► NOUN (pl. flurries) 1) a small swirling mass of snow, leaves, etc. moved by a sudden gust of wind. 2) a sudden short spell of commotion or excitement. 3) a number of things arriving suddenly and simultaneously. ► VERB (flurries, flurried) ▪ …   English terms dictionary

  • flurry — [flʉr′ē] n. pl. flurries [< obs. flurr, to scatter (? echoic), prob. after HURRY ] ☆ 1. a sudden, brief rush of wind; gust ☆ 2. a gust of rain or snow 3. a sudden confusion or commotion ☆ 4. a brief fluctuation in stock market prices or… …   English World dictionary

  • flurry — noun 1 small amount of rain/snow ADJECTIVE ▪ snow PHRASES ▪ a flurry of snow 2 short sudden burst of sth ADJECTIVE ▪ brief, sudden …   Collocations dictionary

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