Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brief, light snowfall.
  • n. A sudden gust of wind.
  • n. A stirring mass, as of leaves or dust; a shower.
  • n. A sudden burst or commotion; a stir: a flurry of interest in the new product; a flurry of activity when the plane landed.
  • n. A short period of active trading, as on a stock exchange.
  • transitive v. To agitate, stir, or confuse.
  • intransitive v. To move or come down in a flurry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brief snowfall.
  • n. A shower of dust, leaves etc. brought on by a sudden gust of wind.
  • n. Any sudden activity; a stir.
  • n. A snack consisting of soft ice cream studded small pieces of fruit, cookie, etc.
  • v. To agitate, bewilder, disconcert.
  • v. To move or fall in a flurry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sudden and brief blast or gust; a light, temporary breeze.
  • n. A light shower or snowfall accompanied with wind.
  • n. Violent agitation; commotion; bustle; hurry.
  • n. The violent spasms of a dying whale.
  • transitive v. To put in a state of agitation; to excite or alarm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce agitation of feeling in; confuse by excitement or alarm.
  • In heraldry, same as fleury.
  • n. A state of perturbed action or feeling; a violent agitation, physical or mental; a disordered or excited movement; flutter; commotion: as, to be in a continual flurry; to raise a flurry in an assembly.
  • n. Specifically, of a whale, the death-agony; the spasmodic action of the animal while expiring.
  • n. A sudden brief movement of air; an irregular blast or gust: as, a flurry of wind.
  • n. A fluttering assemblage of things, as snow-flakes, carried by or passing through the air.
  • n. In calico-printing, a state of frothiness developed by some colors in the process of printing, due in some to quick printing and in others to slow printing. It is obviated by the use of glycerin, oil, turpentine, or alcohol.
  • n. The scum that forms on top of a dye-vat, as an indigo-blue vat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light brief snowfall and gust of wind (or something resembling that)
  • n. a rapid active commotion
  • v. cause to feel embarrassment
  • v. move in an agitated or confused manner

Etymologies

Perhaps from flurr, to scatter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps an American English blend of flutter and hurry. Alternatively, perhaps from an obsolete term flurr ("scatter"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Sometimes it is characterized by a flurry of lawsuits to meet filing deadlines that started ticking from the day of the shootings.

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  • "There is a lot of data out today which might produce the odd short term flurry, but there will be nothing drastic as traders wait to act on Friday's payroll numbers," said David Jones, chief market strategist at IG Index in London.

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  • There are times when all of these moments seem like just yesterday, and all of the intervening days and moments have sped by in flurry of sunburns, visa applications, bus journeys, road trips, languages studied and occasional monotony.

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  • After the bomb explosions on the London Underground last July and after it became obvious that the men who perpetrated the crime were not immigrants or asylum seekers but lads who had been British born and bred, there was a certain flurry of excitement about having to impart British values to all our citizens, particularly those who might not be terribly in favour of them (if they knew what these consisted of).

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  • Not posative on the amount but huge and a slight flurry from the house and senate because he snuck it in late at night on the appropiation bill that had already gone through votes.

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  • She was referring to the flurry of reader comments around a story about

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  • By the time the conventions roll around, the Supreme Court†™ s end-of-term flurry is largely forgotten.

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  • What has Congress in a flurry is a perceived breach of the separation of powers inherent in the Articles, when the Justice Department raided a Congressman's office.

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