tarry

verb
tar·​ry | \ ˈter-ē How to pronounce tarry (audio) , ˈta-rē \
tarried; tarrying

Definition of tarry

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to delay or be tardy in acting or doing
b : to linger in expectation : wait
2 : to abide or stay in or at a place

tarry

noun
plural tarries

Definition of tarry (Entry 2 of 3)

tarry

adjective
tar·​ry | \ ˈtär-ē How to pronounce tarry (audio) \

Definition of tarry (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, resembling, or covered with tar

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Examples of tarry in a Sentence

Verb Tarry with us a while. upon seeing the sun beginning to sink in the sky, we realized we had tarried too long on the summit of the mountain Noun a fable about the tarry of two Americans in a Scottish village that every century magically comes into existence for a day
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But while the shah tarried in Egypt and Morocco, an Iranian mob briefly seized the American Embassy in February. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "How Chase Bank Chairman Helped the Deposed Shah of Iran Enter the U.S.," 29 Dec. 2019 That would be just fine with Mr Trump: the longer the justices tarry, the longer his books stay shut to prying eyes. The Economist, "How will the Supreme Court rule in the fight over Donald Trump’s taxes?," 18 Nov. 2019 There was no time to tarry; the Pistons were scheduled to take off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport at 11 p.m., headed for Miami — which would allow for an acceptable bedtime before playing the Heat on Tuesday night. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' sleep deprivation after road trip not good for 'the health of the game'," 13 Nov. 2019 This is probably the GZK cutoff, the point beyond which cosmic rays can only tarry for so long before losing energy to ambient cosmic microwaves generated by a phase transition in the early universe. Quanta Magazine, "The Particle That Broke a Cosmic Speed Limit," 14 May 2015 God save you if the steak in question tarried on the grill a second after the timer bell went off. Bill Daley, chicagotribune.com, "In praise of filet mignon: Maligned by chefs yet still beloved," 14 June 2018 The banks, however, along with the governments that protected their interests, jealously guarded their domains, so Gevers tarried for two years in search of an agreeable regulatory environment for his venture. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 The Sense8 movie doesn’t tarry with things like plot or dialogue or grounded reality. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Sense8 Series Finale Recap: Farewell, International Orgies!," 8 June 2018 As the city has tarried in passing new rules to legalize sidewalk vending, many complain that the lack of legal approval has left them vulnerable to harassment and abuse. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "L.A. shops would get voice, not veto, in sidewalk vending," 16 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Exposure to the algae can result in liver damage or failure with symptoms ranging from vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool or black, tarry stool, weakness, jaundice, disorientation, coma and shock. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "3 dogs die after exposure to toxic blue-green algae in pond: What to know," 12 Aug. 2019 Instead, a huge area about the size of Florida or Wisconsin north and east of Edmonton, Alberta, contains a tarry bitumen mixed with sand that is mined from underneath the boreal forest. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "This is the world's most destructive oil operation—and it's growing," 11 Apr. 2019 Signs and symptoms may include diarrhea or more bowel movements than usual; stools that are black, tarry, sticky, or have blood or mucus; and severe stomach-area (abdomen) pain or tenderness. Astrazeneca, USA TODAY, "Tapping into the immune system shows promise in stage 3 lung cancer," 3 June 2019 Thick and tarry, asphalt needs to be heated up from a solid form before it can be spread out in a thick layer to make a road. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ingestion of sago palm leaves, seeds or other plant parts causes liver failure, usually signaled by drooling, vomiting, diarrhea or a tarry black stool, depression, appetite loss, abdominal pain, lethargy and jaundice. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Sago palms pose serious risks to pets – here are key things to know | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Mar. 2018 A sprig from a creosote bush infuses the steam in our shower stall with notes of the western Grand Canyon: tarry, resinous, bitter but rich. Michael Engelhard, Alaska Dispatch News, "An ode to Alaska odors," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of tarry

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarry

Verb

Middle English tarien

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The first known use of tarry was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tarry.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarries. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for tarry

tarry

verb
How to pronounce tarry (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tarry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

literary : to be slow in going : to stay somewhere

tarry

adjective
How to pronounce tarry (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tarry (Entry 2 of 2)

: covered with tar
: dark or thick like tar

tarry

verb
tar·​ry | \ ˈter-ē How to pronounce tarry (audio) \
tarried; tarrying

Kids Definition of tarry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be slow in coming or going
2 : to stay in or at a place

tarry

adjective
tar·​ry | \ ˈtär-ē How to pronounce tarry (audio) \

Kids Definition of tarry (Entry 2 of 2)

: like or covered with tar tarry smoke tarry boots

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