hurry
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhʌ.ɹi/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhʌ.ɹi/ (accents without the "Hurry-furry" merger)
  • (America) IPA: [ˈhɝ.ɹi] (accents with the "Hurry-furry" merger)
Noun

hurry

  1. Rushed action.
    Why are you in such a big hurry?
  2. Urgency.
    There is no hurry on that paperwork.
  3. (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. (music) A tremolando passage for violins, etc., accompanying an exciting situation.
Translations Verb

hurry

  1. (intransitive) To do things quickly.
    He's hurrying because he's late.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
      There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. […] Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
  2. (intransitive) Often with up, to speed up the rate of doing something.
    If you don't hurry (up) you won't finish on time.
  3. (transitive) To cause to be done quickly.
  4. (transitive) To hasten; to impel to greater speed; to urge on.
    • Impetuous lust hurries him on.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      They hurried him aboard a bark.
  5. (transitive) To impel to precipitate or thoughtless action; to urge to confused or irregular activity.
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      And wild amazement hurries up and down / The little number of your doubtful friends.
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