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[tar-ee] /ˈtær i/
verb (used without object), tarried, tarrying.
to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn:
He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington.
to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.; linger or loiter.
to wait.
verb (used with object), tarried, tarrying.
Archaic. to wait for.
noun, plural tarries.
a stay; sojourn.
Origin of tarry1
1275-1325; Middle English taryen to delay, tary a delay < ?
Related forms
tarrier, noun
untarried, adjective
untarrying, adjective
1. rest, lodge, stop, abide. 3. See wait.
1. leave. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tarried
Historical Examples
  • I met many tribes and tarried with them, telling them of God.

    The Bridge of the Gods Frederic Homer Balch
  • Having reached the gate, they tarried there for a few minutes.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • He was not wordy, and he tarried but a moment, yet he explained his paralysis.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • But Richard was away—he had been absent since yesterday, and none could tell her where he tarried.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • For two days I tarried in Paris, settling my little property.

    The Story of an Untold Love Paul Leicester Ford
  • I did but chance to pass and saw them at it, and so tarried a moment to see fair play.

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • He left his head man, a countryman of his own, in charge of the flocks, and tarried in the mine.

  • So long as they tarried at the old hotel, it was their private property.

    Adam Johnstone's Son F. Marion Crawford
  • Indeed, but for the discovery he had made, the Shawanoe would have felt that he had tarried too long already.

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
  • As Thomas tarried for a last look, the hart and the hind drew near.

    Stories from the Ballads Mary MacGregor
British Dictionary definitions for tarried


verb -ries, -rying, -ried
(intransitive) to delay in coming or going; linger
(intransitive) to remain temporarily or briefly
(intransitive) to wait or stay
(transitive) (archaic or poetic) to await
noun (pl) -ries
(rare) a stay
Derived Forms
tarrier, noun
Word Origin
C14 tarien, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tarried



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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