tarry

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[tar-ee]
verb (used without object), tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.
  1. to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn: He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington.
  2. to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.; linger or loiter.
  3. to wait.
verb (used with object), tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.
  1. Archaic. to wait for.
noun, plural tar·ries.
  1. a stay; sojourn.

Origin of tarry

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1275–1325; Middle English taryen to delay, tary a delay < ?
Related formstar·ri·er, nounun·tar·ried, adjectiveun·tar·ry·ing, adjective

Synonyms for tarry

1. rest, lodge, stop, abide. 3. See wait.

Antonyms for tarry

1. leave.
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Examples from the Web for tarrying

Historical Examples of tarrying

  • There is matter for tarrying at the Spring Garden Street crossing.

    Pipefuls

    Christopher Morley

  • But how uncertain is the tarrying of beauty in a human countenance!

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • No need of tarrying, as with these disciples, for God to do something.

  • Thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

  • And the King said: "Speak, some one of you, without fear; this is no time for tarrying."

    Child Christopher

    William Morris


British Dictionary definitions for tarrying

tarry

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
noun plural -ries
  1. rare a stay
Derived Formstarrier, noun

Word Origin for tarry

C14 tarien, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tarrying

tarry

v.

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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