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
- 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.
- To produce agitation of feeling in; confuse by excitement or alarm.
- In heraldry, same as fleury.
- 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
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)