Definitions for: Tarry

[adj] having the characteristics of pitch or tar
[v] leave slowly and hesitantly
[v] be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tar"ry, a. [From Tar, n.]
Consisting of, or covered with, tar; like tar.

Tar"ry, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tarried; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tarrying.] [OE. tarien to irritate (see Tarre); but with
a change of sense probably due to confusion with OE. targen
to delay, OF. targier, fr. (assumed) LL. tardicare, fr. L.
tardare to make slow, to tarry, fr. tardus slow. Cf.
1. To stay or remain behind; to wait.

Tarry ye for us, until we come again. --Ex. xxiv.

2. To delay; to put off going or coming; to loiter.

Come down unto me, tarry not. --Gen. xic. 9.

One tarried here, there hurried one. --Emerson.

3. To stay; to abide; to continue; to lodge.

Tarry all night, and wash your feet. --Gen. xix. 2.

Syn: To abide; continue; lodge; await; loiter.

Tar"ry, v. t.
1. To delay; to defer; to put off. [Obs.]

Tarry us here no longer than to-morrow. --Chaucer.

2. To wait for; to stay or stop for. [Archaic]

He that will have a cake out of the wheat must needs
tarry the grinding. --Shak.

He plodded on, . . . tarrying no further question.
--Sir W.

Tar"ry, n.
Stay; stop; delay. [Obs.] --E. Lodge.

Synonyms: adhesive, footle, hang around, lallygag, linger, linger, loaf, loiter, lollygag, lounge, lurk, mess about, mill about, mill around, pitchy, resinous, resiny

See Also: be, go away, go forth, leave, lurch, prowl

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