- 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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- of or like tar; smeared with tar.
Origin of tarry2
Examples from the Web for tarry
They were all made by monks, and from memory; for the monks did not tarry.Twain's Conversations with Satan
April 26, 2009
Why should we tarry any longer to see everything moiled and set at nought?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Chip, knowing that his turn had come, and come to tarry, found nothing to say.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Can we not tarry here a little longer while you find the rest you need?The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Do you think I could not be permitted to tarry one week longer?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
But perchance the tide was favourable, and you could not tarry.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- (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 tarry
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.