Definitions for harasshəˈræs, ˈhær əs; ˈhær əs; həˈræs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ha•rass*həˈræs, ˈhær əs; ˈhær əs; həˈræs(v.t.)

  1. to disturb persistently; torment; pester; persecute.

  2. to trouble by repeated attacks, incursions, etc., as in war; raid.

* Pron: harass , a 17th-century French borrowing, has traditionally been pronouncedA newer pronunciation,which has developed in North American but not British English, is sometimes criticized by older educated speakers. However, it is now the more common pronunciation among younger educated U.S. speakers, some of whom have only minimal familiarity with the older form. See also exquisite.

Origin of harass:

1610–20; < F, MF harasser to harry, harass, v. der. of harace, harache (in phrase courre a la harace pursue) =hare cry used to urge dogs on (< Frankish *hara here, from this side; cf. OHG hera, MD hare) +-asse aug. or pejorative suffix < L -ācea


Princeton's WordNet

  1. harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke(verb)

    annoy continually or chronically

    "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"

  2. harass(verb)

    exhaust by attacking repeatedly

    "harass the enemy"


  1. harass(Verb)

    To fatigue or to tire with repeated and exhausting efforts.

  2. harass(Verb)

    To annoy endlessly or systematically; to molest.

  3. harass(Verb)

    To put excessive burdens upon; to subject to anxieties.

    Nazis and their sympathizers harassed Jews and Gypsies in the early 1940s.

  4. Origin: From harasser. Origin uncertain; compare harier; see harry; compare , harace, harace, harasse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harass(verb)

    to fatigue; to tire with repeated and exhausting efforts; esp., to weary by importunity, teasing, or fretting; to cause to endure excessive burdens or anxieties; -- sometimes followed by out

  2. Harass(noun)

    devastation; waste

  3. Harass(noun)

    worry; harassment

Translations for harass

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to annoy or trouble (a person) constantly or frequently

The children have been harassing me all morning.

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