Main definitions of tarry in English

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tarry1

adjective

  • Like or covered with tar:

    ‘a length of tarry rope’
    • ‘Two days after the flood, I heard loud banging noises once again, went to the kitchen and found the stabiliser burning like a torch and emitting heavy, tarry smoke.’
    • ‘Keeldra in Leitrim failed to meet the national standard for both tarry residues and transparency.’
    • ‘It was a strange blue-black and looked like a soft, tarry gloop.’
    • ‘The sight of mainly German and Swiss tourists wandering around the beach covered from head to toe in tarry black ‘anti-ageing’ mud certainly gives me a laugh.’
    • ‘The bleached wood floor is covered in tarry splats.’
    • ‘The rain is cold as it hits my bare arms, and steam rises from the hot concrete, a bitter tarry smell that has been the scent of every wet summer of my life.’
    • ‘It was filling, the whole thing extravagantly scented with chunks of cinnamon bark and wood-scented, tarry black cardamom.’
    • ‘Evidence of methane rainfall came from Huygens's images of the surface, which showed sinuous, branching channels extending from relatively bright highlands to a tarry plain.’
    • ‘The tarry substance was splashed over doors, wings, windows and bonnets.’
    • ‘Coupled with the bad weather a tarry substance has appeared on some beaches and made things unpleasant for bathers.’
    • ‘Once ejected, the tarry comets would simply suck up visible light, he says, remaining cloaked in darkness.’
    • ‘Included in this year's Whitney Biennial, Booker's art smells like rubber in a pleasant way: sweet, tarry and not at all like oil painting.’
    • ‘The finish is extremely long with full tarry, bitter cherry flavors that fade into firm but well-rounded tannins.’
    • ‘After the poles are laid on the barrels, they are covered with the tarry poke.’
    • ‘Symptoms are either visibly red stools or tarry black stools.’
    • ‘She said the youths kicked a football against her fence; climbed into her garden, despite the black, tarry anti-burglar paint; shouted insults at her; and banged on her windows.’
    • ‘Some people put out three feet of tarry rope at a time.’
    • ‘He was the technical services engineer for a bitumen company, delighting in tales of tarry deposits and exploding tankers.’
    • ‘Back then, as is true today, we didn't know if we're going to land on ice or in a liquid methane-ethane ocean or a tarry gooey surface.’
    • ‘Its current owner removed the tarry dirt to reveal a stupendous new Titian.’

Pronunciation

tarry

/ˈtɑːri/

Main definitions of tarry in English

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tarry2

verb

[NO OBJECT]archaic, literary
  • Stay longer than intended; delay leaving a place:

    ‘she could tarry a bit and not get home until four’
    • ‘But thou shouldst not tarry here for thine own sake.’
    • ‘One of our great poets has well and finely said that freedom is not a gift that tarries long in the hands of cowards.’
    • ‘Ariana looked into Darren's eyes and said calmly, ‘I've tarried here far too long.’’
    • ‘Think of Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, His disciples tarried and fell asleep.’
    • ‘Nations come and go and have since the beginning of time and if the Lord tarries will continue to come and go forever.’
    wait around, stay, remain, stay put, wait
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Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

tarry

/ˈtari/