intransitive verb tar·ry \ˈter-ē, ˈta-rē\

: to be slow in going : to stay somewhere


Full Definition of TARRY

a :  to delay or be tardy in acting or doing
b :  to linger in expectation :  wait
:  to abide or stay in or at a place

Examples of TARRY

  1. Tarry with us a while.
  2. <upon seeing the sun beginning to sink in the sky, we realized we had tarried too long on the summit of the mountain>

Origin of TARRY

Middle English tarien
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with TARRY


plural tarries

Definition of TARRY

:  stay, sojourn

Examples of TARRY

  1. <a fable about the tarry of two Americans in a Scottish village that every century magically comes into existence for a day>

First Known Use of TARRY

14th century

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Rhymes with TARRY


adjective tar·ry \ˈtär-ē\

: covered with tar

: dark or thick like tar

Full Definition of TARRY

:  of, resembling, or covered with tar

First Known Use of TARRY



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