- an agricultural implement with spikelike teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc.
- to draw a harrow over (land).
- to disturb keenly or painfully; distress the mind, feelings, etc., of.
- to become broken up by harrowing, as soil.
Origin of harrow1
1250–1300; Middle English harwe; akin to Old Norse herfi harrow, Dutch hark rake, Greek krṓpion sickle
- to ravish; violate; despoil.
- harry(def 2).
- (of Christ) to descend into (hell) to free the righteous held captive.
Origin of harrow2
before 1000; Middle English harwen, herwen, Old English hergian to harry
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Examples from the Web for harrowed
The seed is generally broadcasted for a fiber crop and then harrowed in.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
Bone-dust, except when used in the drill, should always be harrowed in.Guano
Your hearts have been ploughed and harrowed and are now frozen up.
And a sense of injustice, of anger, of bewilderment, harrowed his very soul.The Freelands
After the ploughing, the seed is sown broadcast, and the field is then harrowed.Western Himalaya and Tibet
- any of various implements used to level the ground, stir the soil, break up clods, destroy weeds, etc, in soil
- (tr) to draw a harrow over (land)
- (intr) (of soil) to become broken up through harrowing
- (tr) to distress; vex
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish harv, Swedish harf; related to Middle Dutch harke rake
- to plunder or ravish
- (of Christ) to descend into (hell) to rescue righteous souls
C13: variant of Old English hergian to harry
- a borough of NW Greater London; site of an English boys' public school founded in 1571 at Harrow-on-the-Hill, a part of this borough. Pop: 210 700 (2003 est). Area: 51 sq km (20 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for harrowed
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