A light blowing swirl of snow that's just barely falling is a flurry. There might be a brief flurry or two at the beginning of the winter, with no real heavy snow until January.

You can describe a snow flurry, or a similarly swirling flurry of leaves or papers. When people act this way, rushing and fussing around, that's another kind of flurry. There might, for example, be a flurry of activity in the morning at your house as everyone hurries to get ready for the day. This sense of flurry is actually about a hundred years older than the snow meaning, which was first used in mid-1800's American English.

Definitions of flurry
  1. noun
    a light brief snowfall and gust of wind (or something resembling that)
    “he had to close the window against the flurries
    “there was a flurry of chicken feathers”
    synonyms: snow flurry
    see moresee less
    type of:
    snow, snowfall
    precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
  2. noun
    a rapid active commotion
    synonyms: ado, bustle, fuss, hustle, stir
    see moresee less
    type of:
    commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
  3. noun
    an overwhelming number or amount
    synonyms: barrage, deluge, flood, inundation, torrent
    see moresee less
    type of:
    batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  4. verb
    move in an agitated or confused manner
    see moresee less
    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  5. verb
    cause to feel embarrassment
    synonyms: confuse, disconcert, put off
    bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    see moresee less
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    cause to be nervous or upset
    make confused or perplexed or puzzled
    deflect, distract
    draw someone's attention away from something
    type of:
    abash, embarrass
    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week