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

  • intransitive v. To move or act with speed or haste.
  • transitive v. To cause to move or act with speed or haste: hurried the children to school.
  • transitive v. To cause to move or act with undue haste; rush: was hurried into marriage.
  • transitive v. To speed the progress or completion of; expedite. See Synonyms at speed.
  • n. The act or an instance of hurrying; hastened progress.
  • n. Activity or motion that is often unduly hurried; haste. See Synonyms at haste.
  • n. The need or wish to hurry; a condition of urgency: in no hurry to leave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Rushed action.
  • n. Urgency.
  • n. In 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.
  • v. To do things quickly.
  • v. Often with up, to speed up the rate of doing something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of hurrying in motion or business; pressure; urgency; bustle; confusion.
  • intransitive v. To move or act with haste; to proceed with celerity or precipitation.
  • transitive v. To hasten; to impel to greater speed; to urge on.
  • transitive v. To impel to precipitate or thoughtless action; to urge to confused or irregular activity.
  • transitive v. To cause to be done quickly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hasten; urge forward or onward; impel to greater rapidity of movement or action.
  • To impel to violent or thoughtless action; urge to confused or imprudent activity.
  • To draw, as a corf or wagon, in a coal-mine.
  • Synonyms Hasten, Hurry (see hasten, v. i.); precipitate.
  • To flurry.
  • To move or act with haste.
  • To move or act with undue haste or with precipitation.
  • Synonyms Hasten, Hurry. See hasten, v. i.
  • n. The act of hurrying.
  • n. Excessive haste; precipitation; hence, agitation; confusion.
  • n. A timber staging with spouts running from it, used in loading vessels with coal.
  • n. In dram, music, a tremolando passage for violins or tympani in connection with an exciting situation.
  • n. Synonyms Haste (see hasten, v. i.), flurry, flutter.
  • n. In physical, a proposed unit of acceleration; an acceleration of one foot per second per second.

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

  • n. a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry
  • v. move very fast
  • v. urge to an unnatural speed
  • v. act or move at high speed
  • n. the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
  • n. overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)


Possibly Middle English horien, perhaps variant of harien, to harass; see harry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English horyed ‘rushed, impelled’, frequentative of hurren ‘to vibrate rapidly, buzz’, from Proto-Germanic *hurzanan ‘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 currere ‘to run’, Tocharian A/B kursär/kwärsar ‘league; course’, Lithuanian karsiù ‘to go quickly’). Related to horse, rush. (Wiktionary)



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