from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To delay or be late in going, coming, or doing. See Synonyms at stay1.
- intransitive v. To wait.
- intransitive v. To remain or stay temporarily, as in a place; sojourn.
- transitive v. Archaic To wait for; await.
- n. A temporary stay; a sojourn.
- adj. Of, resembling, or covered with tar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To delay; to be late or tardy in beginning or doing anything.
- v. To linger in expectation of something or until something is done or happens.
- v. To abide, stay or wait somewhere, especially if longer than planned.
- v. To stay somewhere temporarily; to sojourn.
- n. A sojourn.
- adj. Resembling tar.
- adj. Covered with tar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Consisting of, or covered with, tar; like tar.
- intransitive v. To stay or remain behind; to wait.
- intransitive v. To delay; to put off going or coming; to loiter.
- intransitive v. To stay; to abide; to continue; to lodge.
- transitive v. To delay; to defer; to put off.
- transitive v. To wait for; to stay or stop for.
- n. Stay; stop; delay.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of tar, or like tar; partaking of the character of tar; smeared with tar.
- To vex; irritate; provoke; incite. See tar.
- To continue in a place; remain; stay; sojourn; abide; lodge.
- To wait or stay in expectation; wait.
- To put off going or coming; delay; linger; loiter.
- To cause to tarry; delay.
- To wait for.
- n. Delay: stay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be about
- v. leave slowly and hesitantly
- adj. having the characteristics of pitch or tar
Middle English tarien.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 *terganan (“to drag”), from Proto-Indo-European *deregʰ- (“to pull, tug, irritate”). Cognate with Dutch tergen ("to provoke"), German zergen ("to vex, irritate, provoke"), Russian дергать (dergat', "to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up"). (Wiktionary)
tar + -y (Wiktionary)