(third-person singular simple present tarries, present participle tarrying, simple past and past participle tarried)
- (intransitive) To delay; to be late or tardy in beginning or doing anything.
- It is true that the Messiah will come, though he may tarry. (Hitchens quoting translated Maimonides)
- (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 planned.
- (intransitive) To stay somewhere temporarily; to sojourn.
- To wait for; to stay or stop for.
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").
(comparative tarrier, superlative tarriest)
- Resembling tar.
- Covered with tar.