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

/ˈherēər/

Main definitions of harrier in English

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harrier2

noun

  • 1A hound of a breed used for hunting 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.’
    • ‘Their victim was the hare, which they hunted on foot, assisted by the harrier - a small dog bred specifically for chasing hares.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He loved to follow the local harriers and enjoyed the hunting scene immensely.’
    1. 1.1 A cross-country runner.
      • ‘In the age 50 and above class, Harriers had two runners in the Ireland team.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

harrier

/ˈherēər/

Main definitions of harrier in English

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harrier3

noun

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

    • ‘Tens of thousands of hawks, kites, falcons, eagles, osprey, vultures, and harriers appear in the skies over the Golden Gate from August through December.’
    • ‘Hawks, harriers, falcons, eagles, and vultures are diurnal migrants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The harrier is slender and sports a barred tail.’

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

/ˈherēər/