- Harass is defined as to torment or irritate.
An example of harass is a woman calling a man twenty times a day after he's asked her not to.
One woman harassing another.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to trouble, worry, or torment, as with cares, debts, repeated questions, etc.
- to trouble by repeated raids or attacks, etc.; harry
Origin: Fr harasser from Old French harer, to set a dog on from hare, cry to incite dogs from Old High German harēn, to call, cry out
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transitive verb ha·rassed, ha·rass·ing, ha·rass·es
- To irritate or torment persistently.
- To wear out; exhaust.
- To impede and exhaust (an enemy) by repeated attacks or raids.
Origin: French harasser, possibly from Old French harer, to set a dog on, from hare, interj. used to set a dog on, of Germanic origin.
- ha·rassˈer noun
- ha·rassˈment noun