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Middle English harien, herien, from Old English hergian (to pillage, plunder), from Proto-Germanic *harjōną (compare East Frisian ferheerje, German verheeren (to harry, devastate)) Swedish härja (ravage, harry)), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army) (compare Old English here, West Frisian hear, Dutch heer, German Heer), from Proto-Indo-European *kori̯os (compare Middle Irish cuire (army), Lithuanian kãrias (army; war), Old Church Slavonic кара (kara, strife), Ancient Greek κοίρανος (koíranos, chief, commander), Old Persian kāra ‘army’).[Cuneiform?]


harry (third-person singular simple present harries, present participle harrying, simple past and past participle harried)

  1. (transitive) To bother; to trouble.
    We shall harry the enemy at every turn until his morale breaks and he is at our mercy.
    • 2011 October 23, Becky Ashton, “QPR 1 - 0 Chelsea”, BBC Sport:
      Chelsea also struggled to keep possession as QPR harried and chased at every opportunity, giving their opponents no time on the ball.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  2. To strip; to lay waste.
    The Northmen came several times and harried the land.
    • Washington Irving
      to harry this beautiful region
    • J. Burroughs
      A red squirrel had harried the nest of a wood thrush.


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From the English name Harry.



  1. (slang, derogatory) cheesy, shabby, kitschy

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