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, 29 Dec. 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, 13 Nov. 2019 God save you if the steak in question tarried on the grill a second after the timer bell went off. Bill Daley, chicagotribune.com, 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, 18 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, 16 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun European oil-spill experts in contact with the Israeli authorities said the tarry nature of the oil suggested it could have been exposed to the elements for some time. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2021 That such beauty could be found on a tarry two-lane road among farm fields in Ohio proved that God was everywhere. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 Behind the shop, in a long yard where hens peck and honey bees buzz, Zeringue manages a stable of cypress smokers, all stained a gleaming, tarry black from the constant, meaty smoke rising through them. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 9 Nov. 2020 Over time, Zumthor had revised the building’s color from tarry black, which was controversial, to mild beige. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2020 After decades of extraction, pumping California’s increasingly tarry reserves became tougher. ProPublica, 18 Sep. 2020 Signs and symptoms of colitis may include: diarrhea (loose stools) or more bowel movements than usual; blood in your stools or dark, tarry, sticky stools; and severe stomach area (abdomen) pain or tenderness. Rachel Reiff Ellis, Woman's Day, 17 Mar. 2020 The first bowel movement should look dark green and tarry. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 Western Canadian Select, a tarry blend squeezed from Alberta’s oil sands, reached a record low of $4.51 a barrel on Friday. Sheela Tobben, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Often, Petite Sirah produces a wine that is too tarry, too dense, too chewy. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, 1 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 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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“Tarry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarry. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for tarry

tarry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tarry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

literary : to be slow in going : to stay somewhere

tarry

adjective

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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