EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun an agricultural implement with spikelike teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc. verb (used with object) to draw a harrow over (land). to disturb keenly or painfully; distress the mind, feelings, etc., of. verb (used without object) to become broken up by harrowing, as soil. Origin of harrow 1 1250–1300; Middle English harwe; akin to Old Norse herfi harrow, Dutch hark rake, Greek krṓpion sickle Related forms har·row·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for harrower Historical Examples of harrower British Dictionary definitions for harrower noun any of various implements used to level the ground, stir the soil, break up clods, destroy weeds, etc, in soil verb (tr) to draw a harrow over (land) (intr) (of soil) to become broken up through harrowing (tr) to distress; vex Derived Forms harrower, noun harrowing, adjective, noun Word Origin for harrow
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish
harv, Swedish harf; related to Middle Dutch harke rake verb (tr) archaic to plunder or ravish (of Christ) to descend into (hell) to rescue righteous souls Derived Forms harrowment, noun Word Origin for harrow
C13: variant of Old English
hergian to harry noun 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 harrower n.
agricultural implement, heavy wooden rake, c.1300,
haru, from Old English *hearwa, apparently related to Old Norse harfr "harrow," and perhaps connected with Old English hærfest "harvest" (see harvest). Or possibly from hergian (see harry). v.
"to drag a harrow over," especially in
harrowing of Hell in Christian theology, early 14c., from hergian (see harry). In the figurative sense of "to wound the feelings, distress greatly" it is first attested c.1600 in Shakespeare. Related: Harrowed; harrowing.
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