- 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
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Examples from the Web for harrower
Mr. Harrower and Mr. Fogle threw up their eyes with an intensity of contempt that defies description.
Beethoven was cried up to the seventh heaven by Mr. Harrower, for his grandeur and sublimity, and all that sort of thing.
The passing between Christie and Harrower that day was splendid, and fairly astonished the Renton backs and goalkeeper.
Mr. Harrower was really a beautiful dribbler, not easily knocked off his pins, and the most unselfish player I ever saw.
- 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)
Word Origin and History for harrower
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