(third-person singular simple present harries, present participle harrying, simple past and past participle harried)
- To bother; to trouble.
- We shall harry the enemy at every turn until his morale breaks and he is at our mercy.
- To strip; to lay waste.
- The Northmen came several times and harried the land.
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.