Main definitions of harrier in English

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harrier1

noun

  • A person who engages in persistent attacks on others or incursions into their land.

    • ‘The harried becomes the harrier, and what starts as a friendly disagreement can turn into a struggle for life and death.’

Pronunciation

harrier

/ˈharɪə/

Main definitions of harrier in English

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harrier2

noun

  • 1A hound of a breed used for hunting hares.

    • ‘He loved to follow the local harriers and enjoyed the hunting scene immensely.’
    • ‘Their victim was the hare, which they hunted on foot, assisted by the harrier - a small dog bred specifically for chasing hares.’
    • ‘The hare would be given a head start and lay a trail with shreds of paper, to be chased by the hounds or harriers.’
    • ‘The Vale of Lune Hunt has been hunting hares with its pack of harriers for 110 years and many of today's hounds are descended from the hunt's original pack.’
    • ‘The roll will include seven packs of beagles, one pack of minkhounds, two packs of harriers, two packs of fell foxhounds and 13 packs of foxhounds.’
    1. 1.1Harriers Used in the names of teams of cross-country runners.
      ‘Durham City Harriers’
      • ‘In the age 50 and above class, Harriers had two runners in the Ireland team.’
      • ‘After racing over the Middleton hills, the runners enjoyed Harriers ' hospitality back at Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club.’
      • ‘Backley joined the Harriers as a six-year-old runner before turning to javelin two years later following a leg injury.’
      • ‘The Harriers will be hosting the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships on Saturday.’
      • ‘With four first places within 13 days during May, she is the Harriers current Runner of the Month.’

Origin

Late Middle English hayrer, from hare + -er. The spelling change was due to association with harrier.

Pronunciation

harrier

/ˈharɪə/

Main definitions of harrier in English

: harrier1harrier2harrier3

harrier3

noun

  • A long-winged, slender-bodied bird of prey with low quartering flight.

    • ‘The harrier is slender and sports a barred tail.’
    • ‘Larger species usually lay clutches of one to two eggs, where as smaller accipiters and harriers normally lay clutches of five to six eggs.’
    • ‘Pete takes us inside the lives and minds of all thirty-four species of diurnal raptors found in North America - hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures, the osprey and the harrier.’
    • ‘Hawks, harriers, falcons, eagles, and vultures are diurnal migrants.’
    • ‘Tens of thousands of hawks, kites, falcons, eagles, osprey, vultures, and harriers appear in the skies over the Golden Gate from August through December.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (as harrower): from harrow ‘harry, rob’ (variant of harry). The spelling change in the 17th century was due to association with harrier.

Pronunciation

harrier

/ˈharɪə/