An example of to tarry is to be 20 minutes late to a wedding ceremony.
An example of something tarry is a creature that has just crawled out of a tar-filled pit.
Tarried after the show to chat with friends.
Origin of tarry
- Middle English tarien
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 *terganÄ…, *targijanÄ… (“to pull, tease, irritate"), from Proto-Indo-European *deregÊ°- (“to pull, tug, irritate"). Cognate with Dutch tergen (“to provoke"), German zergen (“to vex, irritate, provoke"), Russian Ð´ÐµÑ€Ð³Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒ (dergat', “to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up").
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