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

1545–55; tar1 + -y1

tarriness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To tarriness
World English Dictionary
tar1 (tɑː)
1.  any of various dark viscid substances obtained by the destructive distillation of organic matter such as coal, wood, or peat
2.  another name for coal tar
vb , tars, tarring, tarred
3.  to coat with tar
4.  tar and feather to punish by smearing tar and feathers over (someone)
5.  tarred with the same brush regarded as having the same faults
[Old English teoru; related to Old Frisian tera, Old Norse tjara, Middle Low German tere tar, Gothic triu tree]

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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature