Blurry vs Flurry - What's the difference?

blurry | flurry |

As an adjective blurry

is (of an image) not clear, crisp, or focused; having fuzzy edges.

As a noun flurry is

a brief snowfall.

As a verb flurry is

to agitate, bewilder, disconcert.




  • (of an image) Not clear, crisp, or focused; having fuzzy edges.
  • If I take off my glasses, everything close up looks blurry .
  • (figuratively) not clear, not with well-defined boundaries.
  • It would seem that the line between flirting and sexual harrassment has become quite blurry.

    Derived terms

    * blurriness




  • A brief snowfall.
  • A sudden and brief blast or gust; a light, temporary breeze.
  • a flurry of wind
  • A shower of dust, leaves etc. brought on by a sudden gust of wind.
  • Any sudden activity; a stir.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=10 citation , passage=With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was […] in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.}}
  • * 1998 , Gillian Catriona Ramchand, Deconstructing the Lexicon , in Miriam Butt and Wilhelm Geuder, eds. “The Projection of Arguments”
  • These [argument structure] modifications are important because they have provoked a flurry of investigation into argument structure operations of merger, demotion etc.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=January 8, author=Chris Bevan, title=Arsenal 1 - 1 Leeds
  • , work=BBC citation , passage=The Championship highflyers almost got their reward for a resilient performance on their first visit to the Emirates, surviving a flurry of first-half Arsenal chances before hitting back with a classic sucker punch.}}
  • A snack consisting of soft ice cream with small pieces of fruit, cookie, etc.
  • * 1988 , K. Wayne Wride, Fruit Treats'' (in ''Vegetarian Times number 134, October 1988, page 27)
  • Does your "Forbidden Foods" list include banana splits, ice cream sundaes, slurpies, popsicles, frozen yogurts, milk shakes, and ice cream flurries ? These foods taste great but have a reputation for being bad for your health.
  • * 2002 , Tampa Bay Magazine (volume 17, number 3, May-June 2002, page 235)
  • They will make your tongue smile with their homemade ice cream, which was voted "Best Taste in the USA Today." Enjoy exciting toppings to personalize your treat or a yummy sundae, flurry , smoothie, banana split or shake...
  • The violent spasms of a dying whale.
  • Verb

  • To agitate, bewilder, disconcert.
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • She was flurried by the term with which he had qualified her gentle friend, but she took the occasion for one to which she must in every manner lend herself.
  • To move or fall in a flurry.