Meaning of 'Arry in English:


Pronunciation /ˈari/


informal, humorous, derogatory, rare, historical British
  • (The type of) a boisterous or jovial young Cockney man. Compare 'Arriet , "Harry".

    Popularized in captions written by E. J. Milliken for cartoons in Punch from the 1870s to late 1890s.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Punch's Almanack. Representing a Cockney pronunciation of the male forename Harry.