from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To irritate or torment persistently.
- transitive v. To wear out; exhaust.
- transitive v. To impede and exhaust (an enemy) by repeated attacks or raids.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fatigue or to tire with repeated and exhausting efforts.
- v. To annoy endlessly or systematically; to molest.
- v. To put excessive burdens upon; to subject to anxieties.
- n. devastation; waste
- n. worry; harassment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fatigue; to tire with repeated and exhausting efforts; esp., to weary by importunity, teasing, or fretting; to cause to endure excessive burdens or anxieties; -- sometimes followed by out.
- n. Devastation; waste.
- n. Worry; harassment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fatigue or tire out, as with annoying labor, care, importunity, enforced watchfulness, misfortune, etc.; distress by perplexity; wear out, as with toil.
- Milit.: To annoy by repeated attacks; keep constantly on the defensive.
- To lay waste or desolate; raid.
- To rub or scrape.
- Synonyms Distress, etc. (see afflict); to jade, disturb, exhaust, fag. See trouble.
- n. Harassment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. annoy continually or chronically
- v. exhaust by attacking repeatedly
French harasser, possibly from Old French harer, to set a dog on, from hare, interj. used to set a dog on, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French harasser ("to tire out, to vex"). Origin uncertain; compare Old French harier ("harry"); see harry; compare Old French, harace ("a basket made of cords"), harace, harasse ("a very heavy and large shield; or harer to set (a dog) on"). (Wiktionary)