flur·ry (flûrē, flŭrē)
n. pl. flur·ries
1. A brief, light snowfall.
a. A sudden gust of wind.
b. A stirring mass, as of leaves or dust; a shower.
3. A sudden burst or commotion; a stir: a flurry of interest in the new product; a flurry of activity when the plane landed.
4. A short period of active trading, as on a stock exchange.
v. flur·ried, flur·ry·ing, flur·ries
To agitate, stir, or confuse.
To move or come down in a flurry.
[Perhaps from flurr, to scatter.]
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