- 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 tarried
Oh, why had I tarried so long, losing so many precious minutes!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
He was not wordy, and he tarried but a moment, yet he explained his paralysis.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Having reached the gate, they tarried there for a few minutes.His Masterpiece
But Richard was away—he had been absent since yesterday, and none could tell her where he tarried.Mistress Wilding
It was her turn to grow angry now, and well it was for him that he had not tarried.The Tavern Knight
- (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 tarried
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.