What does harass mean?

Definitions for harass
həˈræs, ˈhær əs; ˈhær əs; həˈræsha·rass

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word harass.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provokeverb

    annoy continually or chronically

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

  2. harassverb

    exhaust by attacking repeatedly

    "harass the enemy"


  1. harassverb

    To fatigue or to tire with repeated and exhausting efforts.

  2. harassverb

    To annoy endlessly or systematically; to molest.

  3. harassverb

    To put excessive burdens upon; to subject to anxieties.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Harassnoun

    Waste; disturbance.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The men of Judah, to prevent
    The harass of their land, beset me round. John Milton, Agonist.

  2. To Harassverb

    To weary; to fatigue; to tire with labour and uneasiness.

    Etymology: harasser, French, from harasse, a heavy buckler, according to Du Cauge Cange .

    These troops came to the army but the day before, harassed with a long and wearisome march. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    Our walls are thinly mann’d, our best men slain;
    The rest, an heartless number, spent with watching,
    And harass’d out with duty. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    Nature oppress’d, and harass’d out with care,
    Sinks down to rest. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. harass

    Harassment covers a wide range of behaviors of offensive nature. It is commonly understood as behavior that demeans, humiliates or embarrasses a person, and it is characteristically identified by its unlikelihood in terms of social and moral reasonableness. In the legal sense, these are behaviors that appear to be disturbing, upsetting or threatening. Traditional forms evolve from discriminatory grounds, and have an effect of nullifying a person's rights or impairing a person from benefiting from their rights. When these behaviors become repetitive, it is defined as bullying. The continuity or repetitiveness and the aspect of distressing, alarming or threatening may distinguish it from insult.


  1. harass

    To harass means to persistently annoy, torment or intimidate someone, often causing distress or discomfort. This can occur through various means such as physical confrontations, psychological manipulation or online interactions. It can be a single instance or a series of incidents and may involve behaviors such as stalking, bullying, or making threats.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harassverb

    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. Harassnoun

    devastation; waste

  3. Harassnoun

    worry; harassment

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harass

    har′as, v.t. to fatigue: to annoy or torment.—p.adj. Har′assed.—adv. Har′assedly.—n. Har′asser.—p.adj. Har′assing.—adv. Har′assingly.—n. Har′assment. [O. Fr. harasser; prob. from harer, to incite a dog.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. harass

    To annoy; to perplex, and incessantly turmoil any body of men; to hang upon the rear and flunks of a retreating army, or to interrupt operations at a siege by repeated attacks upon the besiegers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harass in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of harass in a Sentence

  1. John Locke:

    Tis a Mistake to think this Fault [tyranny] is proper only to Monarchies; other Forms of Government are liable to it, as well as that. For where-ever the Power that is put in any hands for the Government of the People, and the Preservation of their Properties, is applied to other ends, and made use of to impoverish, harass, or subdue them to the Arbitrary and Irregular Commands of those that have it: There it presently becomes Tyranny, whether those that thus use it are one or many.

  2. Raja Shafqat Khan:

    As a policy, we do not harass Afghan refugees.

  3. Naheed Nenshi:

    You have every right to be an idiot. What you don't have the right to do is you don't have the right to harass shopkeepers, you don't have the right to scare people away from downtown and from those stores at their busiest time of year, and you don't have the right to expose your children to this. This is flagrant behaviour that puts other people at risk … we [city Council] have far better things we should be doing with our time than dealing with these people [CoVID-19 anti-mask protestors].

  4. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    The concern has been expressed that Congress could be using the subpoena power to harass a political rival, what is the limiting principle.

  5. Geoff LeBaron:

    When people harass them, it's to the detriment of the birds. It can cause them to spend more energy and push them over the edge. If they are starving already, it can cause them to starve to death.

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  • مArabic
  • জ্বালাতন করাBengali
  • fastiguejar, vexar, molestarCatalan, Valencian
  • belästigen, verfolgenGerman
  • kiusata, vainota, hätyyttää, väsyttää, uuvuttaaFinnish
  • harcelerFrench
  • sàraichScottish Gaelic
  • stancare, indebolire, infastidire, tormentare, tartassare, vessare, incalzare, molestare, assillareItalian
  • prześladować, dręczyć, nękać, gnębićPolish
  • molestar, incomodarPortuguese
  • утомлять, изнурять, беспокоить, досаждатьRussian
  • hoder, tourmeter, peler, soyî, nåjhi, scrandiWalloon

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