- 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.
- to make harassing incursions.
Origin of harry
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Examples from the Web for harried
He is sighted just off-stage, harried look on his face, occasionally smiling.Don’t Remember Barbara Walters for ‘The View’
April 8, 2014
He would do a harried married man or an old horse on its last legs or a bop musician named Cool Cees or a whole Italian movie.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
It was hard not to love him when even his desperate, harried mother wanted him dead.Former ‘Sopranos’ Star James Gandolfini Dead at 51
June 20, 2013
The commentator Andrew Sullivan harried McCain about the risks of war, recalling Iraq.How Not To Intervene In Syria
May 3, 2013
He also wanted to help the harried home cook who might suddenly find himself confronted with a lack of meal ideas.QOOQ: A Tablet for the Messy Cook
December 23, 2012
We have been harried, and chivied, and shot at until we are driven into such dens as this.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Every day Alfred harried me, threatened me: I had to obey him.
Her demands for money were constant: she harried her lover for money.
O'Shea was not sorry to have the excuse, and harried off to make his toilet.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
Ye've hounded me and harried me through th' woods all th' year!Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
- (tr) to harass; worry
- to ravage (a town, etc), esp in war
Word Origin and History for harried
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.