- To strip; to pillage; to lay waste; as, the Northmen came several times and harried the land."To harry this beautiful region." [W. Irving.]"A red squirrel had harried the nest of a wood thrush." [J. Burroughs.]
- To agitate; to worry; to harrow; to harass.synonyms: To ravage; plunder; pillage; lay waste; vex; tease; worry; annoy; harass.
Etymology: OE. harwen herien herȝien, AS. hergian to act as an army, to ravage, plunder, fr. here army; akin to G. heer, Icel. herr, Goth. harjis, and Lith. karas war. Cf. Harbor Herald Heriot