- Tarried is defined as lingered or stayed about for longer than intended.
If you meant to leave your house at 5:00 PM but instead you delayed and hung around until 8:00 PM, this is an example of when you tarried.
Variant of tarry
intransitive verbtarried, tarrying
- to delay, linger, be tardy, etc.
- to stay for a time, esp. longer than originally intended; remain temporarily
- to wait
Origin of tarryMiddle English tarien, to delay, vex, hinder ; from Old English tergan, to vex, provoke, probably influenced, influence by Middle English targen, to retard ; from Old French targer ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form tardicare ; from Classical Latin tardare, to delay ; from tardus, slow from source tardy
Archaic to wait for
Now Rare a sojourn; stay