noun (1)
har·​ri·​er | \ ˈher-ē-ər How to pronounce harrier (audio) , ˈha-rē-\

Definition of harrier

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of a breed of hunting dogs resembling a small English foxhound and originally bred for hunting rabbits
2 : a runner on a cross-country team


noun (2)

Definition of harrier (Entry 2 of 3)

: any of a genus (Circus) of slender hawks having long angled wings and long legs and feeding chiefly on small mammals, reptiles, and insects


noun (3)

Definition of harrier (Entry 3 of 3)

: one that harries

First Known Use of harrier

Noun (1)

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1553, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harrier

Noun (1)

irregular from hare entry 1

Noun (2)

alteration of harrower, from harrow entry 1

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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