What does hurry mean?

Definitions for hurry
ˈhɜr i, ˈhʌr ihur·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hurry, hastenoun

    a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry

    "in a hurry to lock the door"

  2. haste, hastiness, hurry, hurriedness, precipitationnoun

    overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)

    "he soon regretted his haste"

  3. haste, hurry, rush, rushingverb

    the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner

    "in his haste to leave he forgot his book"

  4. travel rapidly, speed, hurry, zipverb

    move very fast

    "The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed"

  5. rush, hasten, hurry, look sharp, festinateverb

    act or move at high speed

    "We have to rush!"; "hurry--it's late!"

  6. rush, hurryverb

    urge to an unnatural speed

    "Don't rush me, please!"


  1. hurrynoun

    Rushed action.

    Why are you in such a big hurry?

  2. hurrynoun


    There is no hurry on that paperwork.

  3. hurrynoun

    In American football, an incidence of a defensive player forcing the quarterback to act faster than the quarterback was prepared to, resulting in a failed offensive play.

  4. hurryverb

    To do things quickly.

    He's hurrying because he's late.

  5. hurryverb

    Often with up, to speed up the rate of doing something.

    If you don't hurry you won't finish on time.

  6. Etymology: horyed ‘rushed, impelled’, frequentative of hurren ‘to vibrate rapidly, buzz’, from hurzanan ‘to rush’ (compare hurren ‘to hasten’, hurre ‘to whirl around’), from ḱers- (compare carrog ‘torrent’, currere ‘to run’, Tocharian A/B kursär/kwärsar ‘league; course’, karsiu ‘to go quickly’). Related to horse, rush.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hurrynoun

    Tumult; precipitation; commotion.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Among all the horrible hurries in England, Ireland was then almost quiet. John Hayward.

    It might have pleased him in the present heat and hurry of his rage; but must have displeased him infinitely in the sedate reflection. Robert South, Sermons.

    After the violence of the hurry and commotion was over, the water came to a state somewhat more calm. John Woodward.

    Ambition raises a tumult in the soul, it inflames the mind, and puts it into a violent hurry of thought. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    A long train of coaches and six ran through the heart, one after another, in a very great hurry. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    I do not include the life of those who are in a perpetual hurry of affairs, but of those who are not always engaged. Addis.

    The pavement sounds with trampling feet,
    And the mixt hurry barricades the street. John Gay, Trivia.

  2. To Hurryverb

    To hasten; to put into precipitation or confusion; to drive confusedly.

    Etymology: hergian, to plunder, Saxon: hurs was likewise a word used by the old Germans in urging their horses to speed; but seems the imperative of the verb.

    Your nobles will not hear you; but are gone
    To offer service to your enemy;
    And wild amazement hurries up and down
    The little number of your doubtful friends. William Shakespeare.

    For whom all this haste
    Of midnight march, and hurry’d meeting here? John Milton.

    Impetuous lust hurries him on to satisfy the cravings of it. Robert South, Sermons.

    That hurry’d o’er
    Such swarms of English to the neighb’ring shore. Dryden.

    A man has not time to subdue his passions, establish his soul in virtue, and come up to the perfection of his nature, before he is hurried off the stage. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Stay these sudden gusts of passion,
    That hurry you away. Nicholas Rowe, Royal Convert.

    If a council be called, or a battle fought, you are not coldly informed, the reader is hurried out of himself by the poet’s imagination. Alexander Pope, Iliad. Preface to the.

  3. To Hurryverb

    To move on with precipitation.

    Did you but know what joys your way attend,
    You would not hurry to your journey’s end. John Dryden, Aurengz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hurryverb

    to hasten; to impel to greater speed; to urge on

  2. Hurryverb

    to impel to precipitate or thoughtless action; to urge to confused or irregular activity

  3. Hurryverb

    to cause to be done quickly

  4. Hurryverb

    to move or act with haste; to proceed with celerity or precipitation; as, let us hurry

  5. Hurrynoun

    the act of hurrying in motion or business; pressure; urgency; bustle; confusion


  1. Hurry

    Hurry is a 2001 EP released by Tin Foil Phoenix as Sonic Bloom. The EP was nominated for a 2002 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Rock Recording.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hurry

    hur′i, v.t. to urge forward: to hasten.—v.i to move or act with haste:—pa.p. hurr′ied.n. a driving forward: haste: tumult: a tremolando passage for violins, &c., in connection with an exciting situation.—adj. Hurr′ied.—adv. Hurr′iedly.—n. Hurr′iedness.—adv. Hurr′yingly.—n. Hurr′y-skurr′y, confusion and bustle.—adv. confusedly. [Imit. Cf. Old Sw. hurra, to whirl round.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hurry

    A staith or wharf where coals are shipped in the north.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hurry' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3344

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hurry' in Verbs Frequency: #628

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hurry in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hurry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of hurry in a Sentence

  1. Bob Bulthuis:

    It's about meeting new people of course but it's also about the image it reflects, because in Amsterdam people are always in a hurry when they are on their bikes. It's good when you can, to be open for other people and take the time to look around you.

  2. Marc Siegel:

    Rapid weight loss -- and especially extreme calorie restrictions accompanied by extreme exercise – [puts] a big strain on your metabolism and are bad for your health, weight loss should be more gradual. It is not surprising that when the extreme goal is removed that the body (and mind) fight back and weight is put back in a hurry.

  3. Golden State Warriors:

    I thought Steph was a little bit in a hurry. He wanted so badly to break out, i don't know that the shots were that much better than they've been, I just think they got going.

  4. Abhishek Saxena:

    The current government will play hardball... I do not think any new approvals for China proposals will happen in a hurry.

  5. Louis Farrakhan:

    It is death itself, by rushing so fast to get something out, bypassing normal steps in a true vaccine, now God is going to turn your vaccine into death in a hurry.

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