- 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.
- to make harassing incursions.
Origin of harry
Synonyms for harry
Examples from the Web for unharried
Historical Examples of unharried
The game should be unharried by the omnipresent and dangerous nimrod.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow
Truly it was good to be here, and to enter for a brief hour into the shy, wild but unharried life of the wood folk.Secret of the Woods
William J. Long
We ate at our leisure—out of doors—the first unhurried and unharried meal I have had for days, and then got back to the Legation.A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium
- (tr) to harass; worry
- to ravage (a town, etc), esp in war
Word Origin for harry
Word Origin and History for unharried
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.
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.