[ har-ee ]
/ ˈhær i /

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.

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


un·har·ried, adjective

Definition for harry (2 of 3)

[ har-ee ]
/ ˈhær i /


a male given name, form of Harold or Henry.

Definition for harry (3 of 3)

[ lawz ]
/ lɔz /


HenryHarry, 1596–1662, English composer.
Lewis E(dward),1883–1947, U.S. penologist.
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British Dictionary definitions for harry (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhærɪ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for harry (2 of 2)

/ (lɔːz) /


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
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