noun, plural flur·ries.

  1. a light, brief shower of snow.
  2. sudden commotion, excitement, or confusion; nervous hurry: There was a flurry of activity before the guests arrived.
  3. Stock Exchange.
    1. a brief rise or fall in prices.
    2. a brief, unusually heavy period of trading.
  4. a sudden gust of wind.

verb (used with object), flur·ried, flur·ry·ing.

  1. to put (a person) into a flurry; confuse; fluster.

verb (used without object), flur·ried, flur·ry·ing.

  1. (of snow) to fall or be blown in a flurry.
  2. to move in an excited or agitated manner.

noun plural -ries

  1. a sudden commotion or burst of activity
  2. a light gust of wind or rain or fall of snow
  3. stock exchange a sudden brief increase in trading or fluctuation in stock prices
  4. the death spasms of a harpooned whale

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

  1. to confuse or bewilder or be confused or bewildered

1757 in the commotion sense, from flurry (n.); 1883 in the snow sense. Related: Flurried; flurries; flurrying.


“snow squall” 1828, American English, with earlier senses of “commotion,” etc., dating to 1680s; perhaps imitative, or else from 17c. flurr “to scatter, fly with a whirring noise,” perhaps from Middle English flouren “to sprinkle, as with flour” (late 14c.).

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