from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A layabout or loiterer; Someone who tarries.
  • n. A Roman Catholic of Northern Ireland or Scotland
  • adj. comparative form of tarry: more tarry
  • n. Obsolete form of terrier.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, tarries.
  • n. A kind of dig; a terrier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which tarries or delays.
  • n. One who hinders, or causes tarrying.
  • n. Same as terrier.


The Roman Catholic slang variation is possibly derived from Saint Erasmus being labeled as a tarrier of time before torture and execution for his beliefs. (Wiktionary)



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