tarry

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

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tarry (third-person singular simple present tarries, present participle tarrying, simple past and past participle tarried)

  1. (intransitive) To delay; to be late or tardy in beginning or doing anything.
    It is true that the Messiah will come, though he may tarry. (Hitchens quoting translated Maimonides)
  2. (intransitive) To linger in expectation of something or until something is done or happens.
  3. (intransitive) To abide, stay or wait somewhere, especially if longer than planned.
  4. (intransitive) To stay somewhere temporarily; to sojourn.
  5. (transitive) To wait for; to stay or stop for.
    • Shakespeare
      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.
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Noun[edit]

tarry (plural tarries)

  1. A sojourn.
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Etymology 2[edit]

tar +‎ -y

Adjective[edit]

tarry (comparative tarrier, superlative tarriest)

  1. Resembling tar.
  2. Covered with tar.
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References[edit]

  • tarry” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967