[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. tarras,
  2. tarrasa,
  3. tarred,
  4. tarred with the same brush,
  5. tarriance,
  6. tarry cyst,
  7. tarrytown,
  8. tars-,
  9. tarsadenitis,
  10. tarsal

Origin of tarry

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

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

1. leave.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for tarrying


/ (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 Formstarrier, noun

Word Origin for tarry

C14 tarien, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for tarrying



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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