What does harrow mean?

Definitions for harrow
ˈhær oʊhar·row

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. harrowverb

    a cultivator that pulverizes or smooths the soil

  2. harrow, diskverb

    draw a harrow over (land)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Harrowinterj.

    An exclamation of sudden distress. Now out of use.

  2. Harrownoun

    A frame of timbers crossing each other, and set with teeth, drawn over sowed ground to break the clods and throw the earth over the seed.

    Etymology: charroue, French; harcke, German, a rake.

    The land with daily care
    Is exercis’d, and with an iron war
    Of rakes and harrows. John Dryden, Georgick.

    Two small harrows, that clap on each side of the ridge, harrow it right up and down. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

  3. To Harrowverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Friend, harrow in time, by some manner of means,
    Not only thy peason, but also thy beans. Thomas Tusser, Husbandry.

    Can’st thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? Job xxxix. 10.

    Let the Volscians
    Plow Rome, and harrow Italy, I’ll never
    Be such a gosling to obey instinct. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word
    Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
    Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres. Sh.

    Imagine you behold me bound and scourg’d,
    My aged muscles harrow’d up with whips;
    Or hear me groaning on the rending rack. Nicholas Rowe.

    As the king did excel in good commonwealth laws, so he had in secret a design to make use of them, as well for collecting of treasure as for correcting of manners; and so meaning thereby to harrow his people, did accumulate them the rather. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    And he that harrow’d hell with heavy stowre,
    The faulty souls from thence brought to his heavenly bowre. Fairy Queen, b. i. cant. 10.

    Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day
    Did’st make thy triumph over death and sin;
    And having harrow’d hell, did’st bring away
    Captivity thence captive, us to win. Edmund Spenser, Sonnets.

    Most like: it harrows me with fear and wonder. William Shakespeare.

    Amaz’d I stood, harrow’d with grief and care. John Milton.

    Harrow now out and weal away, he cried;
    What dismal day hath sent this cursed light,
    To see my lord so deadly damnify’d? Fairy Queen, b. ii.


  1. harrow

    A harrow is a heavy frame with sharp teeth or upright discs, used in agriculture for breaking up and smoothing out the surface of the soil. It can be drawn over plowed land to break up clods, remove weeds, and cover seeds.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harrownoun

    an implement of agriculture, usually formed of pieces of timber or metal crossing each other, and set with iron or wooden teeth. It is drawn over plowed land to level it and break the clods, to stir the soil and make it fine, or to cover seed when sown

  2. Harrownoun

    an obstacle formed by turning an ordinary harrow upside down, the frame being buried

  3. Harrownoun

    to draw a harrow over, as for the purpose of breaking clods and leveling the surface, or for covering seed; as, to harrow land

  4. Harrownoun

    to break or tear, as with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate; to torment or distress; to vex

  5. Harrow

    help! Halloo! An exclamation of distress; a call for succor;-the ancient Norman hue and cry

  6. Harrowverb

    to pillage; to harry; to oppress

  7. Etymology: [See Harry.]


  1. Harrow

    Harrow was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Harrow suburb of North London. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The constituency was created for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1945 general election.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harrow

    har′ō, n. a frame of wood or iron toothed with spikes for smoothing and pulverising ploughed land, and for covering seeds sown.—v.t. to draw a harrow over: to harass: to tear.—adj. Harr′owing, acutely distressing to the mind.—adv. Harr′owingly.—n. Chain′-harr′ow, a harrow composed of rings for breaking clods of earth.—Under the harrow, in distress or anxiety. [A.S. hearge; cf. Ice. herfi, Dan. harv.]

  2. Harrow

    See Haro.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Harrow

    a town of Middlesex, built on an eminence 200 ft. high, 12 m. from St. Paul's, London; its church, St. Mary's, founded by Lanfranc, is a Gothic structure of great architectural interest. Harrow School, a celebrated public school, was founded in 1571 for the free education of 30 poor boys of the parish, but subsequently opened its doors to "foreigners," and now numbers upwards of 500 pupils.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. harrow

    In a military sense, means to lay waste; to ravage; to destroy.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Harrow is ranked #22246 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Harrow surname appeared 1,159 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Harrow.

    76.4% or 886 total occurrences were White.
    17.5% or 203 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 30 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 22 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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