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tar·ry 1

v. tar·ried, tar·ry·ing, tar·ries
1. To delay or be late in going, coming, or doing something: "O let us be married! Too long we have tarried!" (Edward Lear).
2. To wait or stay temporarily: tarried after the show to chat with friends. See Synonyms at stay1.
v.tr. Archaic
To wait for; await.
n. Archaic
A temporary stay; a sojourn.

[Middle English tarien.]

tar′ri·er n.

tar·ry 2

adj. tar·ri·er, tar·ri·est
Of, resembling, or covered with tar.
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vb, -ries, -rying or -ried
1. (intr) to delay in coming or going; linger
2. (intr) to remain temporarily or briefly
3. (intr) to wait or stay
4. (tr) archaic or poetic to await
n, pl -ries
rare a stay
[C14 tarien, of uncertain origin]
ˈtarrier n
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(ˈtær i)

v. -ried, -ry•ing, v.i.
1. to stay in a place; sojourn.
2. to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, etc.; linger or loiter.
3. to wait.
4. a stay; sojourn.
[1275–1325; Middle English taryen to delay, tary a delay, of uncertain orig.]
tar′ri•er, n.


(ˈtɑr i)

adj. -ri•er, -ri•est.
of, like, or smeared with tar.
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Past participle: tarried
Gerund: tarrying

I tarry
you tarry
he/she/it tarries
we tarry
you tarry
they tarry
I tarried
you tarried
he/she/it tarried
we tarried
you tarried
they tarried
Present Continuous
I am tarrying
you are tarrying
he/she/it is tarrying
we are tarrying
you are tarrying
they are tarrying
Present Perfect
I have tarried
you have tarried
he/she/it has tarried
we have tarried
you have tarried
they have tarried
Past Continuous
I was tarrying
you were tarrying
he/she/it was tarrying
we were tarrying
you were tarrying
they were tarrying
Past Perfect
I had tarried
you had tarried
he/she/it had tarried
we had tarried
you had tarried
they had tarried
I will tarry
you will tarry
he/she/it will tarry
we will tarry
you will tarry
they will tarry
Future Perfect
I will have tarried
you will have tarried
he/she/it will have tarried
we will have tarried
you will have tarried
they will have tarried
Future Continuous
I will be tarrying
you will be tarrying
he/she/it will be tarrying
we will be tarrying
you will be tarrying
they will be tarrying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tarrying
you have been tarrying
he/she/it has been tarrying
we have been tarrying
you have been tarrying
they have been tarrying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tarrying
you will have been tarrying
he/she/it will have been tarrying
we will have been tarrying
you will have been tarrying
they will have been tarrying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tarrying
you had been tarrying
he/she/it had been tarrying
we had been tarrying
you had been tarrying
they had been tarrying
I would tarry
you would tarry
he/she/it would tarry
we would tarry
you would tarry
they would tarry
Past Conditional
I would have tarried
you would have tarried
he/she/it would have tarried
we would have tarried
you would have tarried
they would have tarried
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tarry - be abouttarry - be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
prowl, lurch - loiter about, with no apparent aim
2.tarry - leave slowly and hesitantly
go forth, leave, go away - go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
Adj.1.tarry - having the characteristics of pitch or tar
adhesive - tending to adhere
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verb (Old-fashioned) linger, remain, loiter, wait, delay, pause, hang around (informal), lose time, bide, dally, take your time, dawdle, drag your feet or heels Two old boys tarried on the street corner discussing cattle.
linger rush, move on, hurry, hasten, scoot, step on it (informal)
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1. To go or move slowly so that progress is hindered:
2. To stop temporarily and remain, as if reluctant to leave:
3. To continue to be in a place:
Informal: stick around.
Idiom: stay put.
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tjöru-; tjöruborinn


1 [ˈtærɪ] VI (o.f. or liter) (= stay) → quedarse; (= dally) → entretenerse, quedarse atrás; (= be late) → tardar (en venir), demorarse


2 [ˈtɑːrɪ] ADJ [substance] → alquitranado, embreado; (= covered with tar) → cubierto de alquitrán; (= stained with tar) → manchado de alquitrán
to taste tarrysaber a alquitrán
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vi (old, liter)
(= remain)verweilen (old, liter)
(= delay)säumen (old, liter), → zögern
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1 [ˈtærɪ] vi (old) (liter)
a. (linger) → trattenersi
b. (delay) → tardare


2 [ˈtærɪ] adj (road) → incatramato/a; (tar-stained) → macchiato/a di catrame
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(taː) noun
any of several kinds of thick, black, sticky material obtained from wood, coal etc and used eg in roadmaking.
verbpast tense, past participle tarred
to cover with tar. The road has just been tarred.
ˈtarry adjective
of or like tar; covered with tar.
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References in classic literature ?
SO ROBIN HOOD and the others left the archery range at Finsbury Fields, and, tarrying not, set forth straightway upon their homeward journey.
When he heard that Robin Hood had once more slipped out of the trap, he stayed not a minute, but, gathering his bands together, he pushed forward to the northward with speed, leaving orders for all the troops that came to Saint Albans to follow after him without tarrying. On the evening of the fourth day he reached Nottingham Town, and there straightway divided his men into bands of six or seven, and sent them all through the countryside, blocking every highway and byway to the eastward and the southward and the westward of Sherwood.
Each chapter explores a theme: the psychological theme of "melancholy" (chapter one); the epistemological theme of "negative faith" (chapter two); the existential theme of "nihilism" (chapter three, which is the strongest chapter); the practical theme of "tarrying" (chapter four); and the metaphysical theme of "nonexistence" (chapter five).