[har-ee] /ˈhær i/
verb (used with object), harried, harrying.
to harass, annoy, or prove a nuisance to by or as if by repeated attacks; worry:
He was harried by constant doubts.
to ravage, as in war; devastate:
The troops harried the countryside.
verb (used without object), harried, harrying.
to make harassing incursions.
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
(transitive) to harass; worry
to ravage (a town, etc), esp in war
Old English hergian “make war, lay waste, ravage, plunder,” the word used in the “Anglo-Saxon Chronicle” for what the Vikings did to England, from Proto-Germanic verb *harohan (cf. Old Frisian urheria “lay waste, ravage, plunder,” Old Norse herja “to make a raid, to plunder,” Old Saxon and Old High German herion, German verheeren “to destroy, lay waste, devastate”), from *harjaz “an armed force” (cf. Old English here, Old Norse herr “crowd, great number; army, troop,” Old Saxon and Old Frisian heri, Dutch heir, Old High German har, German Heer “host, army,” Gothic harjis), from PIE root *koro- “war” (cf. Lithuanian karas “war, quarrel,” karias “host, army;” Old Church Slavonic kara “strife;” Middle Irish cuire “troop;” Old Persian kara “host, people, army;” Greek koiranos “ruler, leader, commander”). Weakened sense of “worry, goad, harass” is from c.1400. Related: Harried; harrying.
masc. proper name, a familiar form of Henry. Weekley takes the overwhelming number of Harris and Harrison surnames as evidence that “Harry,” not “Henry,” was the Middle English pronunciation of Henry. Also cf. Harriet, English equivalent of French Henriette, fem. diminutive of Henri. Nautical slang Harriet Lane “preserved meat” (1896) refers to a famous murder victim whose killer allegedly chopped up her body.
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[har-ee-er] /ˈhær i ər/ noun 1. a person who or thing that . 2. any of several short-winged hawks of the genus Circus that hunt over meadows and marshes and prey on reptiles and small birds and mammals. 3. (initial capital letter) Military. a one- or two-seat British-American fighter, both an attack and a reconnaissance […]
[har-ee-uh t] /ˈhær i ət/ noun 1. a female given name, form of . fem. proper name, the English equivalent of French Henriette, fem. diminutive of Harry. We think that gentlemen lose a particle of their respect for young ladies who allow their names to be abbreviated into such cognomens as Kate, Madge, Bess, Nell, […]
- Harriet beecher stowe
[stoh] /stoʊ/ noun 1. Harriet (Elizabeth) Beecher, 1811–96, U.S. abolitionist and novelist. 2. a town in N Vermont: ski resort.
[har-uh-muh n] /ˈhær ə mən/ noun 1. Edward Henry, 1848–1909, U.S. financier and railroad magnate. 2. his son, W(illiam) Averell [ey-ver-uh l] /ˈeɪ vər əl/ (Show IPA), 1891–1986, U.S. diplomat: governor of New York 1954–58. /ˈhærɪmən/ noun 1. W(illiam) Averell. 1891–1986, US diplomat: negotiated the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union (1963); governor […]