Definition of scurry verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scurry

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈskʌri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːri//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scurry
BrE BrE//ˈskʌri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːri//
 
he / she / it scurries
BrE BrE//ˈskʌriz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːriz//
 
past simple scurried
BrE BrE//ˈskʌrid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrid//
 
past participle scurried
BrE BrE//ˈskʌrid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrid//
 
-ing form scurrying
BrE BrE//ˈskʌriɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːriɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] + adv./prep. to run with quick short steps synonym scuttle She said goodbye and scurried back to work. Ants scurried around the pile of rotting food. The shots sent everyone scurrying for cover. Word Origin early 19th cent.: abbreviation of hurry-scurry, reduplication of hurry.Extra examples Everyone was scurrying around in a panic. He scurried off to find a newspaper. The mice scurried across the grass. The slightest sound sent the rabbits scurrying for cover.

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