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verb tar·ry \ˈter-ē, ˈta-rē\

Definition of tarry

tarried

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tarrying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to delay or be tardy in acting or doingb :  to linger in expectation :  wait

  3. 2 :  to abide or stay in or at a place

Examples of tarry in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of tarry

Middle English tarien


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tarry

noun tar·ry

Definition of tarry

plural

tarries

Examples of tarry in a Sentence

  1. 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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First Known Use of tarry

14th century


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adjective tar·ry \ˈtär-ē\

Definition of tarry

  1. :  of, resembling, or covered with tar

First Known Use of tarry

1552


TARRY Defined for English Language Learners

tarry

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Definition of tarry for English Language Learners

  • : to be slow in going : to stay somewhere

tarry

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Definition of tarry for English Language Learners

  • : covered with tar

  • : dark or thick like tar


TARRY Defined for Kids

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verb tar·ry \ˈter-ē\

Definition of tarry for Students

tarried

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tarrying

  1. 1 :  to be slow in coming or going

  2. 2 :  to stay in or at a place


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adjective tar·ry \ˈtär-ē\

Definition of tarry for Students

  1. :  like or covered with tar tarry smoke tarry boots



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