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tarry

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of tarry

  1. a temporary residing as another's guest <a fable about the tarry of two Americans in a Scottish village that every century magically comes into existence for a day> Synonyms sojourn, stay, visitRelated Words field trip, homestay, sleepover; layover, stop, stopover




tarry

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of tarry

  1. 1 to continue to be in a place for a significant amount of time <upon seeing the sun beginning to sink in the sky, we realized we had tarried too long on the summit of the mountain> Synonyms abide, dwell, hang around, remain, stick around, {h,1}stayRelated Words await, hang on, hold on, wait; dally, dawdle, linger, loiter; outstay, overstayNear Antonyms abscond, book [slang], decamp, escape, evacuate, flee, fly, get out, run away, scat, scram, skip; abandon, desert, forsake, vacateAntonyms bail, bail out, bug out, buzz (off), clear off [chiefly British], clear out, cut out, depart, exit, get off, go, go off, leave, move, pack (up or off), peel off, pike (out or off), pull out, push off, push on, quit, shove (off), take off, vamoose, walk out

  2. 2 to move or act slowly <the dean tarried in making his decision, still not sure if he should suspend the student or not> Synonyms crawl, creep, dally, dawdle, diddle, dillydally, drag, lag, linger, loiter, lollygag (also lallygag), mope, poke, shilly-shally, delayRelated Words fiddle (around), fool around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle; hang (around or out), idle, loaf, loll, lounge; amble, ease, inch, lumber, plod, saunter, shuffle, stagger, stroll; decelerate, slow (down or up); filibuster, procrastinate, stall, temporizeNear Antonyms bowl, breeze, dart, hump, hurtle, hustle, scramble, stampede; gallop, jog, run, sprint, trot; accelerate, quicken, speed (up); catch up, fast-forward, outpace, outrun, outstrip, overtakeAntonyms barrel, bolt, career, course, dash, fly, hasten, hotfoot (it), hurry, race, rip, rocket, run, rush, scoot, scud, scurry, speed, tear, whirl, whisk, whiz (or whizz), zip

  3. 3 to reside as a temporary guest <he tarried with us all summer, sleeping on the screened-in porch most nights> Synonyms crash [slang], sojourn, stay, visitRelated Words come by, come over, drop by, drop in, run in, step in, stop (by); frequent, hang (around or out), haunt; inhabit, occupyNear Antonyms abide, dwell, live, reside




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