AskDefine | Define hurry

Dictionary Definition



1 a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry; "in a hurry to lock the door" [syn: haste]
2 overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon regretted his haste" [syn: haste, hastiness, hurriedness, precipitation]
3 the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; "in his haste to leave he forgot his book" [syn: haste, rush, rushing]


1 move very fast; "The runner zipped past us at breakneck speed" [syn: travel rapidly, speed, zip]
2 act or move at high speed; "We have to rush!"; "hurry--it's late!" [syn: rush, hasten, look sharp, festinate]
3 urge to an unnatural speed; "Don't rush me, please!" [syn: rush] [ant: delay] [also: hurried]

User Contributed Dictionary



Of imitative origin



  1. Rushed action. When one is "in a hurry" (adverbial phrase) it means one is doing things quickly and often impatiently.
  2. 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.

Derived terms


rushed action
  • Czech: spěch
  • Kurdish: خێرا
(American football) an incidence of a defensive player forcing the quarterback to act faster than the quarterback was prepared to


  1. To do things quickly.
    He's hurrying because he's late.
  2. To speed up the rate of doing something.
    If you don't hurry you wont finish on time.


to do things quickly
  • Czech: spěchat
  • Portuguese: correr
to speed up the rate

See also

Extensive Definition

wt hurry Hurry can refer to:
  • Hurry (EP), an EP by Tin Foil Phoenix
  • Hurrying, a child employed in a coal mine to transport coal
  • Hurry, a curling term

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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