A man hurries down a corridor.
- The definition of hurry is a feeling of urgency.
An example of a hurry is a person's state of mind as they try to get to work on time; in a hurry to go to work.
- To hurry is defined as to rush, move quickly or do something faster than is comfortable.
- An example of hurry is to run to catch the bus.
- An example of hurry is to try to finish your homework quickly, making lots of mistakes.
transitive verb-·ried, -·ry·ing
- to cause to move or act more rapidly or too rapidly; drive, move, send, force, or carry with haste
- to cause to occur or be done more rapidly or too rapidly; accelerate the preparation or completion of; urge on
- to urge or cause to act soon or too soon
Origin of hurryprobably from echoic base seen in hurl or uncertain or unknown; perhaps in Old Norse hurra, to whir, whirl around
- a hurrying or being hurried; rush; urgency
- eagerness to do, act, go, etc. quickly
hurry it up
in a hurry
- very rapidly; in a rush
- eager to do, act, etc.: in a hurry to graduate and find a job
verbhur·ried, hur·ry·ing, hur·ries
- To cause to move or act with speed or haste: hurried the children to school.
- To cause to move or act with undue haste; rush: was hurried into marriage.
- To speed the progress or completion of; expedite: hurried the delivery of the product.
- Activity or motion that is often unduly hurried; haste: I forgot my gloves in my hurry to catch the bus. See Synonyms at haste.
- The need or wish to hurry; a condition of urgency: in no hurry to leave.
Origin of hurryPossibly Middle English horien perhaps variant of harien to harass ; see harry .
(countable and uncountable, plural hurries)
(third-person singular simple present hurries, present participle hurrying, simple past and past participle hurried)
- (intransitive) To do things quickly.
- He's hurrying because he's late.
- (intransitive) Often with up, to speed up the rate of doing something.
- If you don't hurry you won't finish on time.
- To cause to be done quickly.
- To hasten; to impel to greater speed; to urge on.
- To impel to precipitate or thoughtless action; to urge to confused or irregular activity.
Middle English horyed (“rushed, impelled”), frequentative of hurren (“to vibrate rapidly, buzz”), from Proto-Germanic *hurzaną (“to rush”) (compare Middle High German hurren (“to hasten”), Norwegian hurre (“to whirl around”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱers-, *ḱors- (“to run, hurry”) (compare Welsh carrog (“torrent”), Latin currō (“I run”), Tocharian A/B kursär/kwärsar (“league; course”), Lithuanian karsiù (“to go quickly”)). Related to horse, rush.