verb (used without object), tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.

  1. to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn: He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington.
  2. to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.; linger or loiter.
  3. to wait.

verb (used with object), tar·ried, tar·ry·ing.

  1. Archaic. to wait for.

noun, plural tar·ries.

  1. a stay; sojourn.

adjective, tar·ri·er, tar·ri·est.

  1. of or like tar; smeared with tar.

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

  1. (intr) to delay in coming or going; linger
  2. (intr) to remain temporarily or briefly
  3. (intr) to wait or stay
  4. (tr) archaic, or poetic to await

noun plural -ries

  1. rare a stay

v.early 14c., “to delay, retard,” of uncertain origin. Some suggest a connection to Latin tardare “to delay,” or Old English tergan “to vex, irritate.” Intransitive meaning “to linger” is attested from late 14c.

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