harass[har′əs, hə ras′]
One woman harassing another.
An example of harass is a woman calling a man twenty times a day after he's asked her not to.
- to trouble, worry, or torment, as with cares, debts, repeated questions, etc.
- to trouble by repeated raids or attacks, etc.; harry
Origin of harassFrench 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
transitive verbha·rassed, ha·rass·ing, ha·rass·es
- To subject (another) to hostile or prejudicial remarks or actions; pressure or intimidate.
- To irritate or torment persistently: His mind was harassed by doubts and misgivings.
- To make repeated attacks or raids on (an enemy, for example).
Origin of harassFrench harasser, from Old French (a la) harache, (a la) harace (as in courre a la harache, to chase) : hare, call used to set dogs on (of Germanic origin; see ko- in Indo-European roots) + -ache, -ace, deprecative n. suff.
(third-person singular simple present harasses, present participle harassing, simple past and past participle harassed)