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harry

[ har-ee ]
/ ˈhær i /
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verb (used with object), har·ried, har·ry·ing.
to harass, agitate, or trouble by or as if by repeated attacks; beleaguer: 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.
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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”

Other definitions for harry (2 of 2)

Harry
[ har-ee ]
/ ˈhær i /

noun
a male given name, form of Harold or Henry.
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British Dictionary definitions for harry

harry
/ (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
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