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harry Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb annoy continually or chronically
    beset; chivy; chevy; chevvy; harass; hassle; chivvy; plague; molest; provoke.
    • He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked
    • This man harasses his female co-workers
  2. verb make a pillaging or destructive raid on (a place), as in wartimes

Har"ry transitive verb
OF. harwen, herien, herien, AS. hergisn to act as an army, to ravage, plunder, fr. here army; akin to G. here army; akin to G. heer, Icel. herr, Goth. harjis, and Lith. karas war. Gf. Harbor, Herald, Heriot.
imperfect & past participle Harried present participle & verbal noun Harrying
  1. To strip; to lay waste; as, the Northmen came several times and harried the land.
    To harry this beautiful region. W. Irving.
    A red squirrel had harried the nest of a wood thrush. J. Burroughs.
  2. To agitate; to worry; to harrow; to harass. Shak. Syn. -- To ravage; plunder; pillage; lay waste; vex; tease; worry; annoy; harass.
Har"ry intransitive verb
  1. To make a predatory incursion; to plunder or lay waste. Obs. Beau. & Fl.

Webster 1913