- 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 tarrying
There is matter for tarrying at the Spring Garden Street crossing.Pipefuls
But how uncertain is the tarrying of beauty in a human countenance!The Wedding Ring
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No need of tarrying, as with these disciples, for God to do something.Quiet Talks on Power
Thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.How I Know God Answers Prayer
And the King said: "Speak, some one of you, without fear; this is no time for tarrying."Child Christopher
- (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 tarrying
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.