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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun hurry:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb hurry:


The word hurry is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun hurry

What does hurry mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: hurries

  1. a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry
    • example: in a hurry to lock the door
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of hurry: haste
    • more generic word: urgency = the state of being urgent
  2. overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)
  3. the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of hurry: haste / rush / rushing
    • more generic words: motion / move / movement = the act of changing location from one place to another
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun hurry


  1. Rushed action.
  2. See Urgency.
  3. [sports] 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.

Definition of the verb hurry

What does hurry mean as a doing word?

Hurry is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: hurried

  1. move very fast
  2. act or move at high speed
    • example: hurry--it's late!
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Maggie hurried her sister
      [Agent - being] [Verb] through [Theme]Mary hurried through the museum
      [Agent - being] [Verb] with [Theme]Maggie hurried with her lunch

      Verbs of Rushing (with the same syntax): hasten, rush.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of hurry: festinate / hasten / look sharp / rush
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  3. urge to an unnatural speed

Alternative definition of the verb hurry


  1. To do things quickly.
  2. Often with [term, up] to speed up the rate of doing something.


  1. "Hurry" a.k.a. "Hurry‼︎" is a composition.
  2. "Hurry" is a 2001 EP released by Tin Foil Phoenix as Sonic Bloom.
  3. "Hurry" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  4. "Hurry" is a musical EP of Surrender!.
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  5. "Hurry" is a musical EP of The Vinyls.
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  6. "Hurry" a.k.a. "Hurry!" is a composition.
  7. "Hurry" is a musical album of Sonic Bloom.

Phrases with Hurry

Phrases starting with the word Hurry:

  1. Hurry Up
  2. hurry-skurry

Phrases ending with the word Hurry:

  1. to hurry
  2. In a Hurry
  3. In One Hell of a Hurry

Other phrase containing the word Hurry:

  1. To Hurry Up

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hurry

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Google previewWords We Use (2006)

The Meaning of Words And Where They Come From by Diarmaid Ó Muirithe

A hurry also means a row, a fight, in Antrim, not necessarily a violent affair, however. A good scolding...

Google previewColumbus Medical Journal (1909)

A Magazine of Medicine and Surgery

Hurry is the cause of most nervousness. It is the most damaging habit of mind that can be imagined, for it soon becomes a...

Google previewGrowth (2009)

Training vs. Trying by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson, Judson Poling

If so, there's a good chance you've got hurry sickness. Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. For most of us, the danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that ...

Google previewSmile Your Way to Bliss (2014)

by Qamruddin

Hurry is an evidence of inner stress. Take slow and steady approach. There is time and ways for action and reflection. Take positive action to outperform. The personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between ...

Google previewGermany, France, Russia and Islam (Routledge Revivals) (2013)

by Heinrich Von Treitschke

Butonceagain, andnotwithout success, theold Turkish adage was appliedtothe Frankish Courts:®To hurry is the work of the devil, to delayis the work ofGod ̄; the well-known cheerful promises ofcoming constitutional splendour for the happy ...

Google previewThe Giant Encyclopedia of Circle Time and Group Activities for Children 3 to 6 (1996)

Over 600 Favorite Circle Time Activities Created by Teachers for Teachers by Kathy Charner

Hurry,. Hurry,. Fire. Truck. 3+. Materials needed None needed What to do 1 . As part of a study of fire fighters sing the following chant with motions at circle time. Encourage the children to do the motions and then to say the words with you.

Google previewAlberta Elders' Cree Dictionary (1998)

by Nancy LeClaire, George Cardinal, Emily Hunter

hurry The ...

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Quotes about Hurry

Hurry hurry has no blessings.
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Scrabble value of H4U1R1R1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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