What does tarry mean?

Definitions for tarry
ˈtɑr itar·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word tarry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pitchy, resinous, resiny, tarryverb

    having the characteristics of pitch or tar

  2. loiter, lounge, footle, lollygag, loaf, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry, linger, lurk, mill about, mill aroundverb

    be about

    "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"

  3. tarry, lingerverb

    leave slowly and hesitantly


  1. tarryadjective

    Resembling tar.

  2. tarryadjective

    Covered with tar.

  3. Etymology: From tarien, terien, from tirian, tirgan, tergan, from terganan, from deregʰ-. Cognate with tergen, zergen, дергать.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Tarryverb

    To wait for.

    I will go drink with you, but I cannot tarry dinner. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Tarryverb

    Etymology: targir, French.

    Tarry I here, I but attend on death;
    But fly I hence, I fly away from life. William Shakespeare.

    Thou art my deliverer, make no tarrying, O God. Psal.

    Who hath woe and redness of eyes? they that tarry long at the wine. Prov. xxiii. 30.

    Tarry ye here for us until we come again. Exod. xxiv. 14.

    I yet am tender, young, and full of fear,
    And dare not die, but fain would tarry here. Dryden.


  1. Tarry

    Tarry is a surname.


  1. tarry

    To tarry means to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, or coming. It also refers to lingering or staying in or at a place longer than expected, often due to reluctance. This term is used often in literature and old-fashioned English.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tarrynoun

    consisting of, or covered with, tar; like tar

  2. Tarryverb

    to stay or remain behind; to wait

  3. Tarryverb

    to delay; to put off going or coming; to loiter

  4. Tarryverb

    to stay; to abide; to continue; to lodge

  5. Tarryverb

    to delay; to defer; to put off

  6. Tarryverb

    to wait for; to stay or stop for

  7. Tarrynoun

    stay; stop; delay

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tarry

    tär′i, adj. consisting of, covered with, or like tar.—n. Tarr′y-breeks, a sailor.—adj. Tarr′y-fing′ered, thievish.—n.pl. Tarr′y-fing′ers, thieving fingers.

  2. Tarry

    tar′i, v.i. to be tardy or slow: to loiter or stay behind: to delay:—pa.t. and pa.p. tarr′ied.n. Tarr′ier, one who tarries or delays.—v.i. Tarr′ow (Scot.), to hesitate, refuse. [M. E. targen, to delay (confused in form with tarien, to irritate)—O. Fr. targer (Fr. tarder)—L. tardus, slow.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TARRY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tarry is ranked #23957 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tarry surname appeared 1,053 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Tarry.

    66.9% or 705 total occurrences were White.
    24.8% or 262 total occurrences were Black.
    4.2% or 45 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tarry in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tarry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of tarry in a Sentence

  1. Burton:

    It is a kind of policy in these days to prefix a fantastical title to a book which is to be sold; for as larks come down to a day-net, many vain readers will tarry and stand gazing, like silly passengers, at an antic picture in a painter?s shop that will not look at a judicious piece.

  2. Gavin Naylor:

    When people are paddling on their board, the soles of their feet catch the light and very quickly, in exactly the same way the scales on a mullet or a menhaden might catch the light, and when you’re a predator, you don’t tarry. You have to be quick and make a quick decision.

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Translations for tarry

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  • توانى, تلكأ, تلكعArabic
  • weilen, zögern, verweilen, Verzögerung, abwarten, zaudernGerman
  • παραμένωGreek
  • demorar, alquitranadoSpanish
  • viibima, ootama, viivitama, peatumaEstonian
  • बासनाHindi
  • לְהִתְעַכֵּבHebrew
  • 체재Korean
  • sedeoLatin
  • wachten, afwachten, treuzelen, verblijven, blijven, talmenDutch
  • мешкать, останавливатьсяRussian
  • dröjaSwedish
  • ٹریUrdu

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