- The definition of a harrow is a spiked frame that is carried by a horse or tractor to break up soil, cover seeds or pull up weeds.
An example of a harrow is a tool that farmers pull with a tractor to prepare soil for planting.
- Harrow is defined as to draw a tool over soil to break up dirt or weeds, or to bother, harass or stress.
- An example of harrow is to flatten out soil for planting with a tool pulled behind a tractor.
- An example of harrow is to mock and taunt someone every day.
Origin of harrowMiddle English harwe ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old English an unverified form hearwa: akin to Old Norse harfr ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kerp-: see harvest
- to draw a harrow over (land)
- to cause mental distress to; torment; vex
Origin of harrowMiddle English harwen, herien ; from Old English hergian: see harry
- borough of Greater London, England: pop. 200,000
- private preparatory school for boys, in this borough
transitive verbhar·rowed, har·row·ing, har·rows
- To break up and level (soil or land) with a harrow.
- To inflict great distress or torment on.
Origin of harrowMiddle English harwe.
transitive verbhar·rowed, har·row·ing, har·rows Archaic
Origin of harrowMiddle English herwen, variant of harien; see harry.
(third-person singular simple present harrows, present participle harrowing, simple past and past participle harrowed)
Either representing unattested Old English *hearwe or *hearġe (perhaps ultimately cognate with harvest), or from Old Norse harfr/herfi ; compare Danish harve (“harrow”), Dutch hark (“rake”). Akin to Latin carpere.
From Old French haro, harou, of uncertain origin.