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adjective, tar·ri·er, tar·ri·est.
  1. of or like tar; smeared with tar.
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Origin of tarry2

First recorded in 1545–55; tar1 + -y1
Related formstar·ri·ness, noun
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Related Words

idler, lag, lagger, loafer, loiterer, poke, procrastinator, slowpoke, straggler, dawdler, lounger

Examples from the Web for tarrier

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Frank Norris

  • 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

    Alfred Ollivant

  • Tarrier, tar′i-ėr, n. old form of terrier: (slang) a rough fellow, a tough.

British Dictionary definitions for tarrier


verb -ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (intr) to delay in coming or going; linger
  2. (intr) to remain temporarily or briefly
  3. (intr) to wait or stay
  4. (tr) archaic, or poetic to await
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noun plural -ries
  1. rare a stay
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Derived Formstarrier, noun

Word Origin

C14 tarien, of uncertain origin
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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.

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