Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hurly-burly”


noun [U]     /ˈhɜː.liˌbɜː.li/ US  /ˈhɝː.liˌbɜːr-/
noisy activity: We got tired of the hurly-burly of city life, so we moved to the country.Noise and noisyBusy and activeHurrying and doing things quickly
(Definition of hurly-burly noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of hurly-burly

Translations of “hurly-burly”

Word of the Day


a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More