2 [tahr-ee]
adjective, tarrier, tarriest.
of or like tar; smeared with tar.

1545–55; tar1 + -y1

tarriness, noun
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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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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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