[ tar-ee ]
/ ˈtær i /

verb (used without object), tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.

Archaic. to wait for.

noun, plural tar·ries.

a stay; sojourn.

Origin of tarry

1275–1325; Middle English taryen to delay, tary a delay < ?

Related forms

tar·ri·er, nounun·tar·ried, adjectiveun·tar·ry·ing, adjective

Definition for tarry (2 of 2)


[ tahr-ee ]
/ ˈtɑr i /

adjective, tar·ri·er, tar·ri·est.

of or like tar; smeared with tar.

Origin of tarry

First recorded in 1545–55; tar1 + -y1

Related forms

tar·ri·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tarry


/ (ˈtærɪ) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

(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

noun plural -ries

rare a stay

Derived Forms

tarrier, noun

Word Origin for tarry

C14 tarien, of uncertain origin
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