harry

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English herien, harien (compare Walloon hairyî, old French hairier, harier), from Old English herġian, from Proto-Germanic *harjōną (compare Saterland Frisian ferheerje, German verheeren (to harry, devastate), Swedish härja (ravage, harry)), from *harjaz (army) (compare Old English here, West Frisian hear, Dutch heer, German Heer), from Proto-Indo-European *koryos (compare Middle Irish cuire (army), Lithuanian kãrias (army; war), Old Church Slavonic кара (kara, strife), Ancient Greek κοίρανος (koíranos, chief, commander), Old Persian [script needed] (kāra, army)). More at here (army).

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

  1. To plunder, pillage, assault.
  2. To make repeated attacks on an enemy.
    • 1906 August, Alfred Noyes, “The Highwayman”, in Poems, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., published October 1906, OCLC 28569419, part 1, stanza V, page 47:
      'One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I'm after a prize to-night, / But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light; / Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day, / Then look for me by moonlight, / Watch for me by moonlight, / I'll come to thee by moonlight, though Hell should bar the way.'
  3. To strip, lay waste, ravage.
    • 1855–1859, Washington Irving, The Life of George Washington:
      to harry this beautiful region
    • 1896, John Burroughs, Birds and bees and other studies in nature
      A red squirrel had harried the nest of a wood thrush.
  4. To harass, bother or distress with demands, threats, or criticism.
    • 2011 October 23, Becky Ashton, “QPR 1 – 0 Chelsea”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Chelsea also struggled to keep possession as QPR harried and chased at every opportunity, giving their opponents no time on the ball.
    • 2014 July 5, Sam Borden, “For bellicose Brazil, payback carries heavy price: Loss of Neymar [International New York Times version: Brazil and referee share some blame for Neymar's injury: Spaniard's failure to curb early pattern of fouls is seen as major factor (7 July 2014, p. 13)]”, in The New York Times[2]:
      The Colombians' ire was raised even more 10 minutes later when the referee showed a yellow card to [James] Rodríguez  – who was apoplectic at the decision – for an innocuous trip that was, as Rodríguez vociferously pointed out with multiple hand gestures, a first offense compared with Fernandinho's harrying.

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the English name Harry.

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harry (indeclinable)

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

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the English name Harry.

Adjective[edit]

harry (indeclinable)

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

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