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verb (used without object),tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.
  1. to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn: He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington.

  2. to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.; linger or loiter.

  1. to wait.

verb (used with object),tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.
  1. Archaic. to wait for.

noun,plural tar·ries.
  1. a stay; sojourn.

Origin of tarry

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English taryen “to delay,” tary “a delay”; origin unknown

synonym study For tarry

3. See wait.

Other words for tarry

Opposites for tarry

Other words from tarry

  • tar·ri·er, noun
  • un·tar·ried, adjective
  • un·tar·ry·ing, adjective

Other definitions for tarry (2 of 2)

[ tahr-ee ]

adjective,tar·ri·er, tar·ri·est.
  1. of or like tar; smeared with tar.

Origin of tarry

First recorded in 1545–55; tar1 + -y1

Other words from tarry

  • tar·ri·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tarry


/ (ˈtærɪ) /

verb-ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (intr) to delay in coming or going; linger

  2. (intr) to remain temporarily or briefly

  1. (intr) to wait or stay

  2. (tr) archaic, or poetic to await

nounplural -ries
  1. rare a stay

Origin of tarry

C14 tarien, of uncertain origin

Derived forms of tarry

  • tarrier, noun

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