verb (1)
har·​row | \ ˈher-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce harrow (audio) , ˈha-(ˌ)rō \
harrowed; harrowing; harrows

Definition of harrow

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

: pillage, plunder long harrowed by oppressor's hand— Sir Walter Scott



Definition of harrow (Entry 2 of 4)

: a cultivating tool set with spikes, teeth, or disks and used primarily for breaking up and smoothing the soil


verb (2)
harrowed; harrowing; harrows

Definition of harrow (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cultivate with a harrow (see harrow entry 2) harrow the fields
2 : torment, vex harrowed by war has not set out to appall the reader with horrors nor to harrow him with miseries— Douglas Stewart


geographical name
Har·​row | \ ˈha-(ˌ)rō How to pronounce Harrow (audio) \

Definition of Harrow (Entry 4 of 4)

borough of northwestern Greater London, England population 241,000

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Verb (2)

harrower \ ˈher-​ə-​wər How to pronounce harrower (audio) , ˈha-​rə-​ \ noun

First Known Use of harrow

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for harrow

Verb (1)

Middle English harwen, from Old English hergian


Middle English harwe; akin to Old Norse hervi harrow, Middle Dutch harke rake

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The first known use of harrow was before the 12th century

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“Harrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harrow. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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har·​row | \ ˈher-ō How to pronounce harrow (audio) \

Kids Definition of harrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of farm equipment that has metal teeth or disks for breaking up and smoothing soil


harrowed; harrowing

Kids Definition of harrow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to drag a harrow over (plowed ground)
2 : distress entry 2 … the rest that lay helpless in their bunks harrowed me with screaming …— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

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