Definition of harry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈherē/

verb (harries, harrying, harried)

[with object]
1Persistently carry out attacks on (an enemy or an enemy’s territory).
Example sentences
  • The king's adoption of Danish tactics in the winter of 878, such as his use of strongholds and small mobile raiding parties to harry the lands of his enemies, was forced upon him by immediate circumstances.
  • To combat air attacks, and to harry the long-range German Focke-Wulf Kondor aircraft which acted as reconnaissance for the U-boats, makeshift efforts were made to give air cover, before escort carriers were introduced.
  • Their mission is to blow up bridges, block roads and generally harry and destroy any enemy forces with which they come into contact.
charge, rush, strike, set upon;
bombard, shell, strafe
1.1Persistently harass: he bought the house for Jenny, whom he harries into marriage
More example sentences
  • He continued to attack, harry and chase every ball and was rewarded late on with a dramatic Golden Goal.
  • Fabrizio Ravanelli had been impressive harrying the home defenders but had contributed little in attack until he took possession on the right touchline.
  • Without firm figures, they continued to harry Doig to find them.
harassed, beleaguered, flustered, agitated, bothered, vexed, stressed, beset, plagued
harass, hound, bedevil, torment, pester, bother, worry, badger, nag, plague
informal hassle, bug, lean on, give someone a hard time


Old English herian, hergian, of Germanic origin, probably influenced by Old French harier, in the same sense.

Words that rhyme with harry

Barry, Carrie, carry, Cary, Clarrie, Gary, glengarry, intermarry, lari, Larry, marry, miscarry, parry, tarry

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Syllabification: har·ry

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