• Tarry


    • verb enPR: tăr'ē, IPA: /ˈtæ.ɹi/
    • adjective enPR: tär'ē, IPA: /ˈtɑːri/
    • Rhymes: -æri, -ɑːri

    Origin 1

    Alternative forms

    From Middle English tarien, terien ("to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay"), from Old English tirian, tirgan, tergan ("to worry, exasperate, pain, provoke, excite"), from Proto-Germanic *terganą, *targijaną ("to pull, tease, irritate"), from Proto-Indo-European *deregʰ- ("to pull, tug, irritate"). Cognate with Dutch tergen ("to provoke"), German zergen ("to vex, irritate, provoke"), Russian дергать (dergat', "to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up").

    Full definition of tarry


    1. (intransitive) To delay; to be late or tardy in beginning or doing anything.It is true that the Messiah will come, though he may tarry. (Hitchens quoting translated Maimonides)
    2. (intransitive) To linger in expectation of something or until something is done or happens.
    3. (intransitive) To abide, stay or wait somewhere, especially if longer than planned.
    4. (intransitive) To stay somewhere temporarily; to sojourn.
    5. (transitive) To wait for; to stay or stop for.
      • ShakespeareHe that will have a cake out of the wheat must needs tarry the grinding.
      • Sir Walter ScottHe plodded on, ... tarrying no further question.




    (plural tarries)
    1. A sojourn.


    Origin 2



    1. Resembling tar.
    2. Covered with tar.


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