verb (used with object), har·ried, har·ry·ing.

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), har·ried, har·ry·ing.

to make harassing incursions.

Nearby words

  1. harrovian,
  2. harrow,
  3. harrowing,
  4. harrowingly,
  5. harrumph,
  6. harry potter,
  7. harsh,
  8. harshen,
  9. harshly,
  10. harshness

Origin of harry

before 900; Middle English herien, Old English her(g)ian (derivative of here army); cognate with German verheeren, Old Norse herja to harry, lay waste

Related formsun·har·ried, adjective

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verb -ries, -rying or -ried

(tr) to harass; worry
to ravage (a town, etc), esp in war

Word Origin for harry

Old English hergian; related to here army, Old Norse herja to lay waste, Old High German heriōn

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