- tarrow (Scotland)
From Middle English tarien, terien (“to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay”), from Old English tirian, tirġan, terġan (“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 Walloon tårdjî (“to be late, to be slow, to wait”), Dutch tergen (“to provoke”), German zergen (“to vex, irritate, provoke”), Norwegian Bokmål terge (“to irritate, provoke”), Russian дергать (dergatʹ, “to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up”).
- (intransitive, dated) To delay; to be late or tardy in beginning or doing anything.
- (intransitive, dated) To linger in expectation of something or until something is done or happens.
- (intransitive, dated) To abide, stay or wait somewhere, especially if longer than planned.
- (intransitive, dated) To stay somewhere temporarily; to sojourn.
- (transitive, dated) To wait for; to stay or stop for; to allow to linger.
- 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, 2001–2018.
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967