- 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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- HenryHarry, 1596–1662, English composer.
- Lewis E(dward),1883–1947, U.S. penologist.
Examples from the Web for harry
There is, fortunately, not too much telling of the future in Harry Potter.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
President Harry Truman kept a sign on his desk that read: “The Buck Stops Here.”The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
“A guy drives up in a 2008 Mercedes, brand new,” Harry S. Connelly Jr. says in the video, according to the Times.Are Police Stealing People’s Property?
Joan Blades, Matt Kibbe
January 2, 2015
In 1951, Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War.We Need Our Police to Be Better Than This
December 31, 2014
The biggest misfire here, though, was the notion that anyone would believe that this dude looked at all like Prince Harry.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
Birkenholt, sir,” answered Ambrose, “but our uncle is Harry Randall.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Kate and Harry, meanwhile, awaited their opportunity to go in and visit Aunt Jane.
She saw with amazement, and walked on quickly that Harry might not also see.
"And have left her no other resource," said Harry, coloring still more.
Passing the Jewish cemetery, Kate and Harry paused a moment.
- (tr) to harass; worry
- to ravage (a town, etc), esp in war
- Henry. 1596–1662, English composer, noted for his music for Milton's masque Comus (1634) and for his settings of some of Robert Herrick's poems
- his brother, William . 1602–45, English composer, noted for his harmonically experimental instrumental music
Word Origin and History for harry
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.