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)

Middle English hayrer, heirer, eirer, of uncertain origin, later reshaped after hare entry 1 and harrier entry 3

Noun (2)

earlier also harroer, harrower, from harrow entry 1 or harry + -er entry 2

Noun (3)

harry + -er entry 2

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“Harrier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harrier. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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