- Feeling or looking strained as a result of having too many demands made on one: it is a godsend for harassed parentsMore example sentences
stressed, strained, frayed, harried, stressed out, worn out, hard-pressed, careworn, worried, troubled, vexed, beleaguered, agitated, fretting, distraught; under stress, under pressure, at the end of one's tether, with one's back to the wall, with one's back up against the wall; North American at the end of one's rope• informal hassled
- All set a perfect mood for relaxing the strained sinews and harassed souls.
- One of the advertisements highlights the pressure that non-stop demands put on harassed parents.
- It's the constancy of calls, the harassed and troubled nature of people on the phone, people are very impatient, they are very abusive of operators.
See harass (usage)