There are 2 main definitions of tarry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːri
 
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adjective (tarrier, tarriest)

Like or covered with tar: a length of tarry rope
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  • The bleached wood floor is covered in tarry splats.
  • After the poles are laid on the barrels, they are covered with the tarry poke.
  • Some people put out three feet of tarry rope at a time.

Derivatives

tarriness

noun
More example sentences
  • Also has a some tarriness and a few gamey/meaty characters that add to the overall appeal.
  • Classic Barossa Valley Shiraz aromas abound here: grassy wheaty, with sweet spicy fruitcake and tarriness, too.
  • This is a dense and brooding Merlot that displays a fine and persistent finish with a hint of tarriness.

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There are 2 main definitions of tarry in English:

tarry2

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Pronunciation: /ˈtari
 
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verb (tarries, tarrying, tarried)

[no object] archaic or literary
Stay longer than intended; delay leaving a place: she could tarry a bit and not get home until four
More example sentences
  • Nations come and go and have since the beginning of time and if the Lord tarries will continue to come and go forever.
  • One of our great poets has well and finely said that freedom is not a gift that tarries long in the hands of cowards.
  • Think of Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, His disciples tarried and fell asleep.

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

tarrier

noun ( rare )
More example sentences
  • Our warriors, long tarriers, will set swift sail.

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