Instant vs Hurried - What's the difference?

instant | hurried |

As adjectives the difference between instant and hurried

is that instant is (dated) impending; imminent while hurried is  done in a hurry; rushed.

As a noun instant

is a very short period of time; a moment.

As an adverb instant

is (poetic) at once; immediately.

As a verb hurried is




Alternative forms

* instaunt (obsolete)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) . More at (l), (l).


(en noun)
  • A very short period of time; a moment.
  • * She paused for only an instant , which was just enough time for John to change the subject.
  • A single, usually precise, point in time.
  • * The instant the alarm went off, he fled the building.
  • An instant beverage or food, especially instant coffee.
  • A day of the current month (abbreviated as : )
  • * In response to your letter of the twenty-first instant...
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) and (etyl) instant, from (etyl) ; see state.


  • (dated) Impending; imminent.
  • * Prior
  • Impending death is thine, and instant doom.
  • (dated) Urgent; pressing; acute.
  • * Bible, Rom. xii. 12
  • Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
  • * Carlyle
  • I am beginning to be very instant for some sort of occupation.
  • Occurring immediately; immediate; present.
  • * Fuller
  • The instant time is always the fittest time.
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  • Lasting for a short moment; momentary; short-lived.
  • Very quickly and easily prepared.
  • instant coffee
  • Of the current month (abbreviation inst.).
  • * “I refer to your letter of the 16th inst. in regard to traffic disruption”
  • Derived terms
    * instantize, instantise * instantly * instant replay


  • (poetic) At once; immediately.
  • * 1819 , Lord Byron, Don Juan , I.182:
  • He left the room for his relinquished sword, / And Julia instant to the closet flew.


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    (en adjective)
  •  Done in a hurry; rushed.
  • Verb

  • (hurry)