- a person who or thing that harries.
- 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.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a one- or two-seat British-American fighter, both an attack and a reconnaissance aircraft, featuring a turbofan engine with a directable thrust that enables it to land and take off vertically.
Origin of harrier1
- one of a breed of medium-sized hounds, used, usually in packs, in hunting.
- a cross-country runner.
Origin of harrier2
Examples from the Web for harrier
But to do VL, the engine thrust must be pointed straight downward, and the jet is twice the size of a Harrier.Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To?
May 26, 2014
Remember the Harrier jump jet, the vertical takeoff and landing craft the British designed and Hollywood made famous?Why Libyan War Is America's War
Stephen L. Carter
March 22, 2011
Later the harrier was developed as a separate breed for hunting hares.The Dogs of Boytown
Walter A. Dyer
There may be many who will fare forth to find the harrier on the wing.Birds in Flight
W. P. Pycraft
This Harrier is also found in the Republic, but is not so common as the former species.Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)
P. L. Sclater
He was a born dictator and czar and hero and harrier of the human race.Rolling Stones
Sir Henry's courteous indifference, however, was like a harrier.The Zeppelin's Passenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- a smallish breed of hound used originally for hare-hunting
- a cross-country runner
- a British subsonic multipurpose military jet plane capable of vertical takeoff and landing by means of vectoring the engine thrust
Word Origin and History for harrier
1540s, from Middle English hayrer "small hunting dog" (c.1400), possibly from Middle French errier "wanderer" [Barnhart], or associated with hare, which they would have hunted. The hawk genus (1550s) is from harry (v.), which also is a candidate for the source of the dog name.