Harassed
Harass Har"ass (h[a^]r"as or h[.a]*r[a^]s"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Harassed} (h[a^]r"ast or h[.a]*r[a^]st"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Harassing}.] [F. harasser; cf. OF. harace a basket made of cords, harace, harasse,a very heavy and large shield; or harer to set (a dog) on.] 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. [1913 Webster]

[Troops] harassed with a long and wearisome march. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Nature oppressed and harass'd out with care. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Vext with lawyers and harass'd with debt. --Tennyson.

Syn: To weary; jade; tire; perplex; distress; tease; worry; disquiet; chafe; gall; annoy; irritate; plague; vex; molest; trouble; disturb; torment. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • harassed — (h[a^]r ast or h[.a]*r[a^]st ), adj. troubled persistently, especially with petty annoyances; as, harassed working mothers. Syn: annoyed, harried, pestered. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harassed — harassed; harassed·ly; …   English syllables

  • harassed — [[t]hæ̱rəst, həræ̱st[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you are harassed, you are anxious and tense because you have too much to do or too many problems to cope with. This morning, looking harassed and drawn, Lewis tendered his resignation …   English dictionary

  • harassed — har|assed [ˈhærəst, həˈræst] adj BrE anxious and tired because you have too many problems or things to do ▪ He looked pale and harassed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • harassed — ha|rassed [ herəst, hə ræst ] adjective upset and confused because you do not have enough time or energy to do all the things you need to do: a harassed mother with two screaming children …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • harassed — adjective anxious and tired because you have too many problems or things to do: The waiter looked harassed so I didn t bother him …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • harassed — adjective the job left her totally harassed Syn: stressed, stressed out, strained, worn out, hard pressed, careworn, worried, troubled, beleaguered, under pressure, at the end of one s tether, at the end of one s rope; informal hassled Ant:… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • harassed — UK [ˈhærəst] / UK [həˈræst] / US / US [ˈherəst] adjective upset and confused because you do not have enough time or energy to do all the things that you need to do a harassed mother with two screaming children …   English dictionary

  • harassed — adjective troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances (Freq. 2) harassed working mothers a harried expression her poor pestered father had to endure her constant interruptions the vexed parents of an unruly teenager • Syn: ↑annoyed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • harassed — Synonyms and related words: annoyed, anxious, badgered, baited, bedeviled, beset, bothered, bugged, bullyragged, chivied, deviled, distracted, distrait, distressed, dogged, embarrassed, fretted, harried, haunted, heckled, hectored, hounded,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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