Har·ass v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harassed p. pr. & vb. n. Harassing.] 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.
[Troops] harassed with a long and wearisome march. --Bacon.
Nature oppressed and harass'd out with care. --Addison.
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.
adj : troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances;
"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, harried, pestered, vexed]