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Note 307 – The words harry and harried

I was watching a programme with the title ‘Just Harried’ (from the Charmed series) the other day and I was unsure of the meaning of harried. According to Merriam the first known use of this word was in 1609 and it defines harried as “beset by problems: harassed”. The verb form is harry defined on Merriam-Webster as “to force to move along by harassing”.

The Free has two definitions of harry as follows:

  1. To disturb or distress by or as if by repeated attacks; harass.
  2. To raid, as in war; sack or pillage.

It’s also from the word harien (middle English) and herigian (old English).

Sentences using harried

  • Judy is a harried working mother
  • Dan felt harried whilst doing the decorating until he finally gave up

During my research today, I stumbled upon a really cool blog called The Harried Cook (written by a part-time work-from-home, full-time wife, mother & foodie).  It’s worth a look if you like cooking (or eating for that matter).  There are some great recipes on there including yesterday’s white chocolate macadamia cookies! Yum..

That’s all for today

Until tomorrow…


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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