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tarry

verb

  1. (be)  to be about
    Synonyms: footle, hang about [Britain], hang around, lallygag, linger, loaf, loiter, lollygag,...
  2. (leave)  to leave slowly and hesitantly
    Synonyms: linger. Type of: leave

adjective

Etymology summary

Middle English tarien, terien ("to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay"), from...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

tarry | tarries [plural] | tar | tar and feather [sense-specific] | tarred with the same brush [sense-specific] | coal tar [sense-specific] | linger [synonym, sense-specific] | tarrier [noun, derived]

[intransitive] to delay in coming or going; linger | [intransitive] to remain temporarily or briefly | [intransitive] to wait or stay | [transitive, ... (20 of 526 words, 10 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

tarry [entry 1, verb] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | wait [synonym, sense-specific] | abide [synonym, sense-specific] | dwell [synonym, sense-specific] | hang around [synonym, sense-specific] | remain [synonym, sense-specific] | stick around [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to delay or be tardy in acting or doing ; to linger in expectation; "wait" | to abide or stay in or at a place (24 of 183 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tarry

tarry [entry 2, noun] | tarries [plural] | stay [synonym] | sojourn [synonym] | visit [synonym] | field trip [similar] | homestay [similar] | sleepover [similar] | layover [similar] | ...

"stay", "sojourn" (2 of 53 words, 1 usage example)

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tarry [entry 3, adjective]

of, resembling, or covered with tar (6 of 23 words, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

6510 Tarry

a main-belt asteroid discovered on February 23, 1987 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar. JPL Small-Body Database Browser on 6510 Tarry (25 of 131 words)

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New World Dictionary:

tarry | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative] | tarriness [noun, related]

to delay, linger, be tardy, etc. | to stay for a time, especially longer than originally intended; remain temporarily | to wait | [archaic] to wait ... (23 of 86 words, 7 definitions, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

tarry | tarries [plural] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarriest [superlative] | tarrow [Scottish, sense-specific] | hang about [synonym, sense-specific] | hang around [synonym, sense-specific] | linger [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[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 ... (38 of 85 words, 8 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

tarry | tarries [plural] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative]

to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn. | to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.; linger or loiter. | to wait. | [archaic] to wait ... (27 of 68 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

tarry | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative]

To delay or be late in going, coming, or doing. See Synonyms at stay1. | To wait. | To remain or stay temporarily, as in a place; sojourn. ... (26 of 65 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

tarry [entry 1] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative] | tarriness [derived]

like or covered with tar (5 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/tarry

tarry [entry 2] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present] | tarrier [derived]

Syllabification: (tar┬Ěry) | [intransitive, outdated] | stay longer than intended; delay leaving a place (12 of 53 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/tarry--2

tarry [entry 2, intransitive, archaic, literary] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present] | tarrier [derived]

stay longer than intended; delay leaving a place (8 of 52 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

tarry [intransitive, literary] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present]

to stay somewhere longer than you should (7 of 38 words, pronunciation)

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tarry [adjective] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative]

covered with tar, or similar to tar (7 of 31 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

tarry [dated]

to stay somewhere for longer than expected and delay leaving (10 of 17 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

tarry | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present]

to stay temporarily at a place | to delay a departure or arrival, especially in an idle way | to wait in expectation of somebody or something (25 of 58 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861718457​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

tarry | tarries [plural] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English tarien, terien ("to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay"), from Old English tirian, ... | tar + -y (19 of 58 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

tarry | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English tarien, to delay, vex, hinder from Old English tergan, to vex, provoke, probably influenced by Middle English ... (19 of 40 etymology words)

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Online Etymology:

tarry

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "to delay, retard", of uncertain origin. Some suggest a connection to Latin tardare "to delay", or Old English tergan "to vex, ... (24 of 35 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

tarry | tarries [plural] | tar

First use: 14th century

Origin: tarien, of uncertain origin | Old English teoru; related to Old Frisian tera, Old Norse tjara, Middle Low German tere tar, Gothic triu tree

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American Heritage Dictionary:

tarry | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English tarien.

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Merriam-Webster:

tarry [entry 1, verb] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English tarien

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Oxford Dictionary:

tarry [entry 2] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English: of unknown origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/tarry--2

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

tarry | tarries [plural] | tar

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tarry"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

tarry [intransitive, literary] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tarry"

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tarry [adjective] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tarry"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

tarry [intransitive, literary] | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tarry"

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tarry [adjective] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tarry"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

tarry [dated]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "tarry"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "tarry"

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the Free Dictionary:

tarry

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "tarry"

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "tarry" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

tarry | tarried [past tense] | tarrying [present participle] | tarries [3rd-person singular present] | tarrier [comparative] | tarriest [superlative]

Audio 1: English pronunciation of "tarry"

Audio 2: English pronunciation of "tarry"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

tarry

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tarry"

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tarry

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YourDictionary Audio:

tarry

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