Definition of harried in US English:

harried

adjective

  • Feeling strained as a result of having demands persistently made on one; harassed.

    ‘harried reporters are frequently forced to invent what they cannot find out’
    • ‘A couple of harried mothers were with them.’
    • ‘Readers may have detected a somewhat harried nature to my blog posts of the last few weeks.’
    • ‘He was not really a harried executive, everything was smooth.’
    • ‘Harried health workers picked through the impatient crowd, sorting out the sickest children.’
    • ‘To attract the harried consumer, some retail developers are thinking out of the box.’
    • ‘Some harried travelers just want the soothing ambience of a small inn.’
    • ‘In fact the entire year seems hell-bent on hurtling towards December 25 in a desperate, harried, headlong rush.’
    • ‘They readily agreed, and so did the harried hotel desk clerk.’
    • ‘Even if Bushnell frames parental tasks with urgency, the basic activities of parenthood are far from harried.’
    • ‘He flew down the stairs with his harried staff scrambling to make ready all he had asked for.’
    • ‘The malls and department stores are filled with harried shoppers.’
    • ‘This little pamphlet provides the harried book agent with specific speeches to use in answering a variety of objections.’
    • ‘Many are too busy, too harried, too misinformed.’
    • ‘The writer is harried by an itch which refuses to go away.’
    • ‘Harried persons, rushing to work or back home, become victims of road rage or even accidents.’
    • ‘You look as if you have been busy, but not harried.’
    • ‘A harried pitbull of a ticket agent posted at the door barked at him for his pass.’
    • ‘Instead of raging against modern life, they sold themselves as easing the way for the harried middle class.’
    • ‘I do not like being rude, but I like even less being badgered and harried.’
    • ‘A grassroots activist with unique expertise can be extremely valuable to a harried staffer.’

Pronunciation

harried

/ˈharēd/