Hurry up in Italian

How exactly do you say hurry up in Italian?

If you need to spur a friend or relative to walk or go or work faster, there’s a number of expressions you can use in Italian. In this lesson, we will have a look at them along with their pronunciation and literal translation into English.

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How do you say hurry up in Italian

Sbrigati! / Si brighi!

Sbrigati is the most common way to say hurry up in Italian in informal settings as the reflexive verb sbrigarsi directly translates to hurry (oneself) up.

Hurry up! (informal)

Non hai ancora fatto la doccia? Sbrigati!
You haven’t taken a shower yet? Hurry up!

Sbrigati o farai tardi a scuola!
Hurry up or you’ll be late for school!

girl running late for school

Si sbrighi would be the formal version of sbrigati, but in reality it’s never used because it can sound too direct and people avoid being this direct in polite settings.

If you’re really that desperate for the other person to go faster, you can sweeten the order with per piacere or per piacere, please.

Si sbrighi!
Hurry up! (formal)

Si sbrighi, per favore!
Hurry up, please!

Datti una mossa!

This is a very informal way to say hurry up in Italian and it can be literally translated as “give yourself a move”, from mossa meaning move.

The imperative datti derives from the reflexive verb darsi, which means “to give oneself”.

Datti una mossa!
Hurry up! Get a move on!
Literally: Give yourself a move!

Devi ancora fare la doccia? Datti una mossa!
You still need to take a shower? Get a move on!

datti una mossa! - man working frantically to meet deadlines in the office


This is another way to translate hurry up in Italian and it’s suitable to use in informal contexts only.

It once again features a reflexive verb, muoversi, meaning to move oneself. So this can be literally translated as “move yourself”.

Hurry up!
Literally: Move yourself!

Muoviti, o perderemo il treno!
Hurry up, or we’ll miss the train!

A formal version, si muova!, also exists, but it’s almost never used and I advise you against it. Any too direct exclamation can appear rude in formal situations.

Fai in fretta!

Fretta literally means haste. Fai in fretta is suitable to use in informal contexts and it can be literally translated as “do it in haste!”.

Fai is a conjugation of the verb fare, to do.

Fai in fretta!
Hurry up!
Literally: Do [it] in haste!

La mamma è in casa. Fai in fretta!
Mother is in the house. Hurry up!

fai in fretta! - man realizes time flies

Dai! / Su! / Forza!

Dai, su and forza are three exclamations that can be used to tell somebody to hurry up in Italian.

Dai is a conjugation of the verb dare, which we’ve seen the reflexive form in darsi una mossa, su means on and forza is a feminine noun that translates force or strength.

Come on!
Literally: Give!

Come on!
Literally: On!

Come on!
Literally: Strength!

Dai, su! Finisci di mangiare!
Come on, hurry up! Finish eating!

Forza, un ultimo sforzo!
Come on, one last effort!

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That’s it! Now you know how to pronounce all the different ways to say hurry up in Italian! Remember: even though some of these formulas can be used in formal situations, it’s always better to avoid being very direct in such settings.

If you are among friends though, and someone is taking longer than expected to do something, then feel free to spur them on with one of the Italian exclamations that you’ve just learned! 😉

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