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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 tarrying
Historical Examples
  • There is matter for tarrying at the Spring Garden Street crossing.


    Christopher Morley
  • But how uncertain is the tarrying of beauty in a human countenance!

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • No need of tarrying, as with these disciples, for God to do something.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • Thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

  • And the King said: "Speak, some one of you, without fear; this is no time for tarrying."

    Child Christopher William Morris
  • And, tarrying to make her clean, she might have come over late.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • I am become the slave of these unbelievers; my tarrying behind, have you seen it?

  • But Orpheus, not finding Eurydice among these, made no tarrying.

  • Thank you, Signore, but we will depart forthwith, for there is no tarrying in this house.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • A day or two now, and one of us may goI care not which it be, for the other will not be long in tarrying.

    Within the Capes Howard Pyle
British Dictionary definitions for tarrying


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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