verb ha·rass \hə-ˈras; ˈher-əs, ˈha-rəs\

: to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way

: to make repeated attacks against (an enemy)

Full Definition of HARASS

transitive verb
a :  exhaust, fatigue
b (1) :  to annoy persistently
(2) :  to create an unpleasant or hostile situation for especially by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct
:  to worry and impede by repeated raids <harassed the enemy>
ha·rass·er noun
ha·rass·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of HARASS

  1. She was constantly harassed by the other students.
  2. He claims that he is being unfairly harassed by the police.
  3. The troops harrassed the defeated army throughout its retreat.

Origin of HARASS

French harasser, from Middle French, from harer to set a dog on, from Old French hare, interjection used to incite dogs, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hier here — more at here
First Known Use: 1617

Rhymes with HARASS


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