A person who hangs around in cemeteries.
Harold v.
Harolding pp.
Example Citation:
Eventually, "Harold and Maude" would play for two years in Paris, where Cort won a Crystal Star (the French equivalent of the Academy Award.) In college towns and art houses, the film found a devoted audience among disaffected youth. While the wild ones would watch "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" ad infinitum, the sensitive ones watched "Harold and Maude" again and again. One zealot claims to have seen it 201 times. "Harolding" became part of the teen lexicon: A term morose mopes coined to describe their penchant for cemetery-dwelling.
—Erika Milvy, "Bud Cort," Salon.com, September 4, 1999
Earliest Citation:
In Britain there is a subgroup of citizens called train-spotters who spend their afternoons sitting on railway embankments clocking the passage of local trains. In North America there is a similar subgroup, comprised almost entirely of teens, obsessed with hanging about cemeteries, continually witnessing the passage of life into death. They are called "Harolds" (etymology: the 1970s cult film classic Harold and Maude), and I was once very much one.
—Douglas Coupland, "Harolding," The New Republic, February 21, 1994
This term comes from the movie Harold and Maude, in which a young man (Harold) is obsessed with death and so spends much of his time in graveyards.
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  • Harold — is an Old English name, meaning army leader , same as the title herald. A diminutive of Harold is Harry. *Several kings of Denmark, England and Norway were named Harald or Harold *Harold Arroyo, Puerto Rican boxer * [http://www.adb.online.anu.edu …   Wikipedia

  • Harold — el primo o como le quieran decir este tipo es apacionado por el parkour Este nombre puede referirse a: primo Harold Ford, Jr., candidato al senado estadounidense. Harold Perrineau, Jr. actor estadounidense. Harold Lloyd, actor estadounidense.… …   Wikipedia Español

  • HAROLD II — (1022 env. 1066) roi d’Angleterre (1066) À la mort, en 1053, de son père Godwin, comte de Wessex et de Kent, Harold, qui avait reçu le comté d’Est Anglie en 1044, devint l’homme puissant d’Angleterre. En 1057, il obtint des comtés pour ses trois… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Harold — ist eine Vornamensvariante von Harald, die insbesondere im englischsprachigen Raum verbreitet ist. Harold ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Dave Harold (* 1966), englischer Snooker Spieler Gale Harold (* 1969), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harold —   [englisch hærld], Könige von England:    1) Harold I., genannt Harold Harefoot [ heərfʊt, »Hasenfuß«], König (seit 1037), ✝ Oxford 17. 3. 1040; illegitimer Sohn Knuts des Großen Nach dessen Tod 1035 zum Regenten für Hardknut ernannt und 1037… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Harold II — (or Harald II) can refer to several people:*Harald II of Norway *Harold II of Denmark *Harold II of England …   Wikipedia

  • Harold I — Harold (or Harald) can refer to several people:*Harald I of Norway *Harold I of Denmark *Harold I of England …   Wikipedia

  • Harold — Harold1 [her′foot΄har′əld] n. [OE Hereweald & Harald < ON Haraldr, both < Gmc * Hariwald, lit., army chief < * harja , army (OE here, OHG heri) + * waldan, to rule: see WIELD] a masculine name: dim. Hal Harold2 [har′əld] 1. died 1040;… …   English World dictionary

  • Harold — m English: from an Old English personal name composed of the elements here army + weald ruler, reinforced before the Norman Conquest by the Scandinavian cognate Haraldr, introduced by Norse settlers. The name was not common in the later Middle… …   First names dictionary

  • Harold — Harold, eine katholische, in Baiern angesessene, 1813 in den dortigen Adel aufgenommene u. 1820 in den Freiherrnstand erhobene Familie, welche schon 883 aus Dänemark nach Irland gekommen war, wo einige ihrer Mitglieder auf den westlichen irischen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Harold — Harold, s. Harald (engl. Könige) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon