verb (used with object), har·ried, har·ry·ing.
verb (used without object), har·ried, har·ry·ing.
- harry potter,
Origin of harry
Examples from the Web for harried
He is sighted just off-stage, harried look on his face, occasionally smiling.
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|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was hard not to love him when even his desperate, harried mother wanted him dead.Former ‘Sopranos’ Star James Gandolfini Dead at 51|Jace Lacob|June 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The commentator Andrew Sullivan harried McCain about the risks of war, recalling Iraq.
He also wanted to help the harried home cook who might suddenly find himself confronted with a lack of meal ideas.
But these men are certainly the northern strangers who have harried Wales, even as we feared.A King's Comrade|Charles Whistler
But, Bob, cross-examined and harried, managed to give some explanation of the faith that was in him.Nan of Music Mountain|Frank H. Spearman
He had been spotted and harried by a huntingpack of the ostrich-sized creatures at earliest dawn.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
They live, as a rule, in mediocre circumstances; they are harried by the necessities of quotidian existence.Egoists|James Huneker
His Memoires prove that he harried them without any form of justice.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times|Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
Word Origin 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.