Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • He should "tarry" (shebh, imperative from yashabh; here not in the sense of "dwell" but "tarry") just long enough to carry out the injunction laid upon him.

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  • He admonished them to "tarry" until an enduement came to them.

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  • The expression is not, "Give a share to one another," for all the viands brought to the feast were common property, and, therefore, they should "tarry" till all were met to partake together of the common feast of fellowship

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  • Christ's charge to John to 'tarry' did not only, as his brethren misinterpreted it, mean that his life was to be continued, but it prescribed the manner of his life.

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  • But this is the reason why the Lord told his disciples to go back to Jerusalem and to "tarry" there.

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  • Perhaps it involves a courteous protest like, "please don't talk about leaving," or else the conclusion might run, "tarry" (A.

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