- tarrow (Scotland)
- (verb, noun) enPR: tăr'ē, IPA(key): /ˈtæ.ɹi/
- (adjective) enPR: tär'ē, IPA(key): /ˈtɑːri/
- Rhymes: -æri, -ɑːri
From Middle English tarien, terien (“to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay”), from Old English tirian, tirgan, tergan (“to worry, exasperate, pain, provoke, excite”), from Proto-Germanic *terganą, *targijaną (“to pull, tease, irritate”), from Proto-Indo-European *deregʰ- (“to pull, tug, irritate”). Cognate with Dutch tergen (“to provoke”), German zergen (“to vex, irritate, provoke”), Russian дергать (dergat', “to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up”).
- (intransitive) To delay; to be late or tardy in beginning or doing anything.
- (intransitive) To linger in expectation of something or until something is done or happens.
- (intransitive) To abide, stay or wait somewhere, especially if longer than planned.
- (intransitive) To stay somewhere temporarily; to sojourn.
- (transitive) To wait for; to stay or stop for.
- He that will have a cake out of the wheat must needs tarry the grinding.
- Sir Walter Scott
- He plodded on, […] tarrying no further question.
- (stay or wait, especially longer than planned): hang about, hang around, linger, loiter
- (stay somewhere temporarily): sojourn, stay, stay over, stop, stop over
tarry (plural tarries)
- A sojourn.
- Resembling tar.
- Covered with tar.
- “tarry” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967