What does tarry mean?

Definitions for tarry
ˈtɑr itar·ry

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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

  2. tarryadjective

    Covered with tar.

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

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.]

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

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  • تلكأ, تلكع, توانىArabic
  • zögern, weilen, Verzögerung, zaudern, abwarten, verweilenGerman
  • παραμένωGreek
  • demorar, alquitranadoSpanish
  • viivitama, ootama, viibima, peatumaEstonian
  • बासनाHindi
  • לְהִתְעַכֵּבHebrew
  • 체재Korean
  • sedeoLatin
  • talmen, blijven, wachten, verblijven, treuzelen, afwachtenDutch
  • останавливаться, мешкатьRussian
  • dröjaSwedish
  • ٹریUrdu

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