• (British) IPA: /ˈflʌɹi/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈflʌɹi/ (accents without the "Hurry-furry" merger)
  • (America) IPA: /ˈflɝ.ɹi/ (accents with the "Hurry-furry" merger)

flurry (plural flurries)

  1. A light, brief snowfall.
  2. A sudden and brief blast or gust; a light, temporary breeze.
    a flurry of wind
  3. A shower of dust, leaves etc. brought on by a sudden gust of wind.
  4. (figurative) Any sudden activity; a stir.
    • 1998, Gillian Catriona Ramchand, Deconstructing the Lexicon, in Miriam Butt and Wilhelm Geuder, eds. “The Projection of Arguments”
      These [argument structure] modifications are important because they have provoked a flurry of investigation into argument structure operations of merger, demotion etc.
    The day before the wedding was a flurry of preparations.
  5. A snack consisting of soft ice cream mixed with small pieces of fruit, cookie crumbs, etc.
    • 1988, K. Wayne Wride, Fruit Treats (in Vegetarian Times number 134, October 1988, page 27)
      Does your "Forbidden Foods" list include banana splits, ice cream sundaes, slurpies, popsicles, frozen yogurts, milk shakes, and ice cream flurries? These foods taste great but have a reputation for being bad for your health.
    • 2002, Tampa Bay Magazine (volume 17, number 3, May-June 2002, page 235)
      They will make your tongue smile with their homemade ice cream, which was voted "Best Taste in the USA Today." Enjoy exciting toppings to personalize your treat or a yummy sundae, flurry, smoothie, banana split or shake...
  6. The violent spasms of a dying whale.
  7. An occurrence of something (countable instances) in large numbers, happening suddenly or in a short period of time.
    Synonyms: volley, barrage
    The fencer landed a flurry of hits on her opponent.
    The think piece provoked a flurry of media responses for the remainder of the week.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: geschäftiges Hin und Her, aufgeregtes Durcheinander, hektisches Treiben
  • Italian: agitazione
  • Russian: суета́
  • Spanish: frenesí


  1. (transitive) To agitate, bewilder, disconcert.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (novel, Chapter 1:
      And so venturing not to say another word, poor Jemima trotted off, exceedingly flurried and nervous.
  2. (intransitive) To move or fall in a flurry.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: суети́ться

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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