- 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.
- Archaic. to wait for.
- a stay; sojourn.
Origin of tarry1
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Examples from the Web for tarries
His appointment was for noon; he tarries, I fear, in the city.The Fair God
He avoids the populous cities, and tarries not in the smiling villages.Heroines of the Crusades
C. A. Bloss
“Life flies apace and tarries not an hour,” she said, translating to me.Francezka
Molly Elliot Seawell
Opposite the Wingates' cottage she tarries longer than elsewhere.Gwen Wynn
She waits for Doon, her friend, but he tarries long and does not come.The Romance Of Tristan And Iseult
M. Joseph Bdier
- (intr) to delay in coming or going; linger
- (intr) to remain temporarily or briefly
- (intr) to wait or stay
- (tr) archaic, or poetic to await
- rare a stay
Word Origin and History for tarries
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.