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Harry

[har-ee]
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noun
  1. a male given name, form of Harold or Henry.
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Examples from the Web for harrys

Historical Examples

  • Harrys father was an infantryman, and Sammys parent served in the Navy.

    Life in a Railway Factory

    Alfred Williams

  • Harrys arm was around her, and her head rested upon his bosom.

  • Could there be two Harrys, sons of sergeants, who had taken this downward plunge?

  • Harrys going to have a mechanic look the car over this morning.

  • I was amused, yet I was annoyed, at Harrys appearance and manner.

    The Days of My Life

    Mrs. Oliphant


British Dictionary definitions for harrys

harry

verb -ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (tr) to harass; worry
  2. to ravage (a town, etc), esp in war
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Word Origin

Old English hergian; related to here army, Old Norse herja to lay waste, Old High German heriōn
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Word Origin and History for harrys

harry

v.

Old English hergian "make war, lay waste, ravage, plunder," the word used in the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" for what the Vikings did to England, from Proto-Germanic verb *harohan (cf. Old Frisian urheria "lay waste, ravage, plunder," Old Norse herja "to make a raid, to plunder," Old Saxon and Old High German herion, German verheeren "to destroy, lay waste, devastate"), from *harjaz "an armed force" (cf. Old English here, Old Norse herr "crowd, great number; army, troop," Old Saxon and Old Frisian heri, Dutch heir, Old High German har, German Heer "host, army," Gothic harjis), from PIE root *koro- "war" (cf. Lithuanian karas "war, quarrel," karias "host, army;" Old Church Slavonic kara "strife;" Middle Irish cuire "troop;" Old Persian kara "host, people, army;" Greek koiranos "ruler, leader, commander"). Weakened sense of "worry, goad, harass" is from c.1400. Related: Harried; harrying.

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Harry

masc. proper name, a familiar form of Henry. Weekley takes the overwhelming number of Harris and Harrison surnames as evidence that "Harry," not "Henry," was the Middle English pronunciation of Henry. Also cf. Harriet, English equivalent of French Henriette, fem. diminutive of Henri. Nautical slang Harriet Lane "preserved meat" (1896) refers to a famous murder victim whose killer allegedly chopped up her body.

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