An example of harry is to take over a fort.
An example of harry is to pressure someone to finish a project.
An example of a famous man named Harry was President Harry Truman.
The wind harried the trees.
Vikings harrying the coast.
Origin of harry
- Middle English harien from Old English hergian koro- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.