1 [tar-ee]
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.

1275–1325; Middle English taryen to delay, tary a delay < ?

tarrier, noun
untarried, adjective
untarrying, adjective

1. rest, lodge, stop, abide. 3. See wait.

1. leave.
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tarry (ˈtærɪ)
vb , -ries, -rying, -ried
1.  (intr) to delay in coming or going; linger
2.  (intr) to remain temporarily or briefly
3.  (intr) to wait or stay
4.  archaic, poetic or (tr) to await
n , -ries, -rying, -ried, -ries
5.  rare a stay
[C14 tarien, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to delay, retard," of uncertain origin. Some suggest a connection to L. tardare "to delay," or O.E. tergan "to vex, irritate." Intransitive meaning "to linger" is attested from late 14c.
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Example sentences
Some bands doubtless camped for short periods, but none tarried long.
The people highly enjoyed his singing and music and tarried after church and had a short musical entertainment.
In her great fright she tarried not for thanks, but was out of sight in a moment.
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