Harrier meaning

hărē-ər
A cross-country runner.
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A dog of a breed developed in England to hunt hares and rabbits, similar in appearance to but smaller than the English foxhound.
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One that harries.
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Any of various slender, narrow-winged hawks of the genus Circus that are found worldwide and prey on small animals.
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A cross-country runner.
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Any of a breed of hound similar to but smaller than the English foxhound, used in packs for hunting hares and rabbits.
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A pack of such dogs and the hunters in a hunt.
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A person who harries.
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Any of a genus (Circus) of hawks, as the marsh hawk, that prey on small mammals, reptiles, etc.
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One who harries.
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Any of several birds of prey in the genus Circus of the subfamily Circinae which fly low over meadows and marshes and hunt small mammals or birds.
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A runner, specifically, a cross country runner.
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A kind of dog used to hunt hares; a harehound.
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Origin of harrier

  • Middle English hairer, eirer possibly alteration (influenced by hair, hare hare) of Old French errier wanderer from errer to wander err

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Sense 2, alteration (influenced by harry) of obsolete harrower from harrow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • harry +‎ -er

    From Wiktionary