- 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 verbharried, harrying
- 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.