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[tar-ee] /ˈtær i/
verb (used without object), tarried, tarrying.
to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn:
He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington.
to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.; linger or loiter.
to wait.
verb (used with object), tarried, tarrying.
Archaic. to wait for.
noun, plural tarries.
a stay; sojourn.
Origin of tarry1
1275-1325; Middle English taryen to delay, tary a delay < ?
Related forms
tarrier, noun
untarried, adjective
untarrying, adjective
1. rest, lodge, stop, abide. 3. See wait.
1. leave. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tarried
Historical Examples
  • Oh, why had I tarried so long, losing so many precious minutes!

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • He was not wordy, and he tarried but a moment, yet he explained his paralysis.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Having reached the gate, they tarried there for a few minutes.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • But Richard was away—he had been absent since yesterday, and none could tell her where he tarried.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • It was her turn to grow angry now, and well it was for him that he had not tarried.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Would we object if, for a few moments, he tarried here by the roadside?

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • The ripe fruit that had tarried so late on the old tree, was shaken down at last.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • I did but chance to pass and saw them at it, and so tarried a moment to see fair play.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • So long as they tarried at the old hotel, it was their private property.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

    F. Marion Crawford
  • Graciously He acceded to their request to remain, and tarried with them two days.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for tarried


verb -ries, -rying, -ried
(intransitive) to delay in coming or going; linger
(intransitive) to remain temporarily or briefly
(intransitive) to wait or stay
(transitive) (archaic or poetic) to await
noun (pl) -ries
(rare) a stay
Derived Forms
tarrier, noun
Word Origin
C14 tarien, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tarried



early 14c., "to delay, retard," of uncertain origin. Some suggest a connection to Latin tardare "to delay," or Old English tergan "to vex, irritate." Intransitive meaning "to linger" is attested from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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