harrier definition by Webster's New World
- any of a breed of hound similar to but smaller than the English foxhound, used in packs for hunting hares and rabbits
- a pack of such dogs and the hunters in a hunt
- a cross-country runner
Origin: ; from hare plush -ier
- a person who harries
- any of a genus (Circus) of hawks that prey on small mammals, reptiles, etc., as the marsh hawk
harrier definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One that harries.
- Any of various slender, narrow-winged hawks of the genus Circus, such as the marsh hawk, that prey on small animals.
Origin: Sense 2, alteration (influenced by harry) of obsolete harrower, from harrow2.
- Any of a breed of small hounds originally used in hunting hares and rabbits.
- A cross-country runner.
Origin: Middle English hairer, eirer, possibly alteration (influenced by hair, hare, hare) of Old French errier, wanderer, from errer, to wander; see err.