- of or like tar; smeared with tar.
Origin of tarry2
Related Wordsidler, lag, lagger, loafer, loiterer, poke, procrastinator, slowpoke, straggler, dawdler, lounger
Examples from the Web for tarrier
Wilbur went aft and came up on the poop, where Kitchell stood at the wheel, smoking an inverted "Tarrier's Delight."Moran of the Lady Letty
There was some friction when George first coom on leave an' Mr. Gedge let 'im have th' tarrier for a day's ratting.
It iz now to-morrow, and the tarrier don't seem tew cum back.Josh Billings on Ice
Henry Wheeler Shaw
If had bin ony other dog—greyhound, bull, tarrier, or even a young sheep-dog—d'yo' think he'd ha' stopped wi' the one?Bob, Son of Battle
Tarrier, tar′i-ėr, n. old form of terrier: (slang) a rough fellow, a tough.
- (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 tarrier
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.