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Examples of harried in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of harried, followed by 37 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances

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EXAMPLES - Harried in a Sentence

  1. Crusher looked harried, her copper hair in disarray. (source)
  2. Or rather, all that busyness makes us harried and anxious. (source)
  3. I do not want these western people of ours harried and plundered, Cadfael. (source)
  4. Otherwise we will find ourselves still being harried by them 40 years from now. (source)
  5. His clothing was of good quality; he carried a bag and wore a harried expression. (source)
  6. A harried forty-something woman in jeans and a faded floral blouse opened the door. (source)
  7. Elsewhere, upgrade opportunities may go unmentioned by harried or uninterested agents. (source)
  8. He was an older man, thin and harried-looking, with brown hair going gray at the temples. (source)
  9. I had been so "harried" of late, that I felt a certain relief in being settled _somewhere_. (source)
  10. Twitter -- so easy to mock, so difficult for the harried reporter to actually comprehend, it seems. (source)
  11. Though harried, anxious, overworked, underfed, and certainly sleep deprived, I had never been so happy. (source)
  12. Pictures of the kids with Lopez or Jolie sell -- pictures of the kids with some harried anonymous nanny must not. (source)
  13. A harried Dalton Neely gratefully stood aside for the President, whose arrival had whipped the media into a frenzy. (source)
  14. Shy and stammering, the harried hare perhaps just didn't cotton to a pre-pubescent girl curiously chasing after him. (source)
  15. Only 3 tables - 8 people in the place; certainly not enough for the wait person to be "harried" (as she definitely was). (source)
  16. On Friday, I spent a harried five minutes on the phone with Kim, who was in the midst of a two-hour-plus telephone press tour. (source)
  17. On the night of the party, we carted the kids off to Grandma's, harried our husbands to do the electrical and musical preparations. (source)
  18. In the harried days after Sarah Palin is chosen, she turns to a McCain aide with an urgent question: "My brand is hair up, isn't it?" (source)
  19. The man President Lyndon B. Johnson once called "the smartest man I ever saw" was harried by epithets like "baby burner" and "murderer." (source)
  20. As Elena begins her introductions, a harried mother in a work uniform rushes in late with her daughter, who looks at the floor in embarrassment. (source)
  21. He recalled harried efforts to bury corpses found on the roadside even as he and his neighbors tried to organize their families to flee the area. (source)
  22. I am no antiquarian, but I could imagine that they were some unwarlike and harried race who were forced to accept that which none other would occupy. (source)
  23. They were kind of harried, but while I was running around, up and down the stairs at least 500 times over the course of the day, I was never really stressed. (source)
  24. Don't blame the harried officials at Quinnipiac, who have resorted to all sorts of gimmicks to open more places to meet the unsatisfied demand for men's sports. (source)
  25. Though there were no traffic jams, frustrated motorists, or harried pedestrians he did see one stationary line of patient citizens waiting to enter a large domed structure. (source)
  26. It never made sense to me theologically or morally--it anthropomorphizes God into a kind of harried Big Chief in the sky whose decision making processes are influenced by the squeaky wheels. (source)
  27. The story zooms in and out of the harried lives of newspaper employees who struggle to meet deadlines, break news and balance newsroom budgets as print circulation plummets and advertising dollars shrink. (source)
  28. If I am hurried, harried or hysterical (I am usually all three) Bob will catch on one side of the doorway while a line of parent-less people wait impatiently behind me for their fat-free lattes with foam on the side. (source)
  29. Treyvan's mages harried his mages, concentrating all their power on simply disrupting whatever spells had been set, by targeting the mages for specific, personalized nuisance attacks as well as attempting to break the spells themselves. (source)
  30. When he explained to The Believer magazine that the travel demands were too much, the interviewer asked, "So the post has an august reputation, but to actually be sitting in the office is a kind of harried, exhausting and distracting experience?" (source)
  31. Mr. Obama's change of tack comes as he finds himself on the defensive -- second-guessed by some in his own party, harried by Republicans over tiny details in the stimulus plan and fending off more questions over his nominees and their tax troubles. (source)
  32. "You damned old fox!" shouts he, and with one lightning flurry of his blade he was past me while I cowered and scurried, warding his cuts any old how, and then he was after me again, snarling with laughter as he harried me back into the cavern proper. (source)
  33. I'd been harried halfway round the world, through the strangest series of chances, and now, after one of the most topsy-turvy weeks of my life, I found myself loafing about in the wake of an eccentric revolutionary, with nothing to do but wait to see what might happen next. (source)
  34. But after Vietnam split the nation in the late 1960s, Mr. McNamara spent the rest of his life caught between the two eras, approaching problems with technocratic zeal while harried by demands that he apologize or be made to pay for helping escalate what demonstrators called "McNamara's War." (source)
  35. In the atrium of the New Orleans Museum hung (but, alas, hang no longer) the latest paintings of Luis Cruz Azaceta, marrying geometric line and rhythm to an almost surrealist intricacy and intimacy, harried little figures popping up in the midst of what seemed like dazzling, nightmarish architecture. (source)
  36. Another American priest who frequently visits the Vatican described the pope as "harried," which is an unsettling adjective, given that it is so rarely applied to Benedict, an academic by profession and disposition who always acts very deliberately and is rarely knocked off his game by daily events and pressures. (source)
  37. Take two of TV's most popular comedians, toss them into a high-concept pitch (two harried professional parents see their attempt at a fancy evening out go to hell in a hand-basket), throw in promises of relatively harmless Adventures In Babysitting-type shenanigans, and top it off with a plethora of movie star cameos to sweeten the deal. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "harried" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.


We have 11 synonyms for harried.

agitated, anxious, at wit's end, beset, bothered, distressed, harassed, hard-pressed, stressed, troubled, worried


We have 4 antonyms for harried.

calm, collected, happy, untroubled



Syllabification: ['harried']


View up to 25 definitions of harried from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Rushed; panicked; overly busy or preoccupied.
  2. (verb) Simple past tense and past participle of harry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) same as harassed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances