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verb (used with object),har·ried, har·ry·ing.
  1. to harass, agitate, or trouble by or as if by repeated attacks; beleaguer: He was harried by constant doubts.

  2. to ravage, as in war; devastate: The troops harried the countryside.

verb (used without object),har·ried, har·ry·ing.
  1. to make harassing incursions.

Origin of harry

First recorded 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”

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[ har-ee ]

  1. a male given name, form of Harold or Henry.

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British Dictionary definitions for harry


/ (ˈhærɪ) /

verb-ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (tr) to harass; worry

  2. to ravage (a town, etc), esp in war

Origin of harry

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

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