[[t]ˈhɜr li[/t]] n. pl. hurl•ies
commotion; hurly-burly

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  • Hurly — Hur ly, n. [Cf. F. hurler to howl.] Noise; confusion; uproar. [1913 Webster] That, with the hurly, death itself awakes. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurly — [hʉr′lē] n. [< HURL] Archaic uproar; turmoil …   English World dictionary

  • hurly — /ˈhɜli/ (say herlee) noun (plural hurlies) commotion; hurly burly. {shortened form of hurly burly} …  

  • hurly — noun Etymology: probably short for hurly burly Date: 1594 uproar, tumult …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hurly — /herr lee/, n., pl. hurlies. 1. commotion; hurly burly. 2. Brit. hurley. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • hurly — ˈhərlē noun ( es) Etymology: probably short for hurly burly (I) : confusion, uproar, tumult …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hurly-burly — Hur ly bur ly, n. [Reduplicated fr. OE. hurly confusion: cf. F. hurler to howl, yell, L. ululare; or cf. E. hurry.] Tumult; bustle; confusion. Shak. [1913 Webster] All places were filled with tumult and hurly burly. Knolles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hurly-burly — [hʉr′lē bʉr′lē] n. pl. hurly burlies [prob. extended < HURLY] a turmoil; uproar; hubbub; confusion adj. disorderly and confused …   English World dictionary

  • Hurly Burly — (engl.), 1) arges Getös; 2) Alles durch einander, wie Kraut u. Rüben; 3) Freudengeschrei der englischen Matrosen; 4) ohne alle Umstände, gerade zu …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • hurly-burly — also hurlyburly, 1530s, apparently an alteration of phrase hurling and burling, reduplication of 14c. hurling commotion, tumult, verbal noun of HURL (Cf. hurl) (q.v.). Hurling time was the name applied by chroniclers to the period of tumult and… …   Etymology dictionary

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