verb (used without object), tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.
verb (used with object), tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.
noun, plural tar·ries.
Origin of tarry1
Synonyms for tarry
Antonyms for tarry
Related Words for tarriedtemporize, rest, pause, visit, abide, procrastinate, tail, lodge, dwell, filibuster, tool, lag, stop, stay, trail, drag, poke, dally, wait, linger
Examples from the Web for tarried
Historical Examples of 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
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
noun plural -ries
Word Origin 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.