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harry

[har-ee] /ˈhær i/
verb (used with object), harried, harrying.
1.
to harass, annoy, or prove a nuisance to by or as if by repeated attacks; worry:
He was harried by constant doubts.
2.
to ravage, as in war; devastate:
The troops harried the countryside.
verb (used without object), harried, harrying.
3.
to make harassing incursions.
Origin
900
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
Related forms
unharried, adjective
Synonyms
1. molest, plague, trouble. 2. plunder, strip, rob, pillage.

Harry

[har-ee] /ˈhær i/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Harold or Henry.

Lawes

[lawz] /lɔz/
noun
1.
Henry ("Harry") 1596–1662, English composer.
2.
Lewis E(dward) 1883–1947, U.S. penologist.
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Examples for harry
  • He uses the tax bureau and the tax police to harry opponents.
  • harry would provide limousine service for the guests.
  • harry is now the supreme ruler of a planet of androids who cater to his every whim.
  • harry defeats both the riddle from the diary and the basilisk.
British Dictionary definitions for harry

harry

/ˈhærɪ/
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
1.
(transitive) to harass; worry
2.
to ravage (a town, etc), esp in war
Word Origin
Old English hergian; related to here army, Old Norse herja to lay waste, Old High German heriōn

Lawes

/lɔːz/
noun
1.
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
2.
his brother, William. 1602–45, English composer, noted for his harmonically experimental instrumental music
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Word Origin and History for harry
harry
O.E. hergian "make war, lay waste, ravage, plunder," the word used in the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" for what the Vikings did to England, from P.Gmc. *kharohan (v.), from *kharjaz "an armed force" (cf. O.E. here, O.N. herr, O.H.G. har, Ger. Heer "host, army"), from PIE root *koro- "war" (cf. Lith. karas "war, quarrel," karias "host, army;" O.C.S. kara "strife;" M.Ir. cuire "troop;" O.Pers. kara "host, people, army;" Gk. koiranos "ruler, leader, commander").
Harry
male personal name, a familiar form of Henry (q.v.). Weekley takes the overwhelming number of Harris, Harrison surnames as evidence that "Harry," not "Henry," was the M.E. pronunciation of Henry. Also cf. Harriet, Eng. equivalent of Fr. Henriette, fem. dim. of Henri. Nautical slang Harriet Lane "preserved meat" (1896) refers to a famous murder victim whose killer allegedly chopped up her body. The Harris in Harris tweed (1892) is from the name of the southern section of the island of Lewis with Harris in the Outer Hebrides; originally it referred to fabric produced by the inhabitants there, later a proprietary name.
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Slang definitions & phrases for harry

Harry

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big harry, every tom* dick* and harry


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