- Harry is a man's name.
An example of a famous man named Harry was President Harry Truman.
- Harry is defined as to raid, or to quickly move along.
- An example of harry is to take over a fort.
- An example of harry is to pressure someone to finish a project.
transitive verb-·ried, -·ry·ing
- to raid, esp. repeatedly, and ravage or rob; pillage; plunder
- to torment or worry; harass
- to force or push along
Origin of harryMiddle English hergien from Old English hergian from base of here, army from Indo-European an unverified form koryos, army, variant, variety of base an unverified form koros, war from source Lithuanian kãras, war, Middle Irish cuire, host
Origin of HarryMiddle English Herry from Henry
transitive verbhar·ried, har·ry·ing, har·ries
- To disturb, distress, or exhaust by repeated demands or criticism; harass. See Synonyms at harass.
- a. To attack or raid, as in war: Vikings harrying the coast.b. To force along, as by attacks or blows: “Blue jays were chasing a squirrel, harrying the creature from tree to tree” ( Paul Theroux )
- To batter or buffet. Used of the wind or storms: The wind harried the trees.
Origin of harryMiddle English harien from Old English hergian ; see koro- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present harries, present participle harrying, simple past and past participle harried)
Middle English harien, herien, from Old English hergian (“to pillage, plunder”), from Proto-Germanic *harjōną (compare East Frisian ferheerje, German verheeren (“to harry, devastate”)) Swedish härja (“ravage, harry”)), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (“army”) (compare Old English here, West Frisian hear, Dutch heer, German Heer), from Proto-Indo-European *kori̯os (compare Middle Irish cuire (“army”), Lithuanian kãrias (“army; war”), Old Church Slavonic кара (kara, “strife”), Ancient Greek κοίρανος (koíranos, “chief, commander”), Old Persian kāra ‘army’).[Cuneiform?]
Medieval English spoken form of Old French Henri.