V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, adjective

Definition: (v.) 1. to stay someplace longer than necessary; 2. to wait or hesitate; (adj.) like tar

Synonyms: (v.) delay, hang around, linger, loiter, procrastinate, stall, wait, (adj.) tar-like

Antonyms: (v.) hurry, rush

Tips: Tarry is most often used to mean "wait" or "hang around." It can also be used as an adjective to describe things related to pitch or tar. For a memory trick, note how tar is the root of tarry. Think of a tar pit and how being stuck in a tar pit would force you to "wait" and "hang around."

Usage Examples:

We can't tarry around campus all day; we need to go home and get started on the project. (loiter, hang around, wait) verb

Don't tarry too long, or you'll miss the bus. (delay, wait) verb

The tarry smell of the new road made her feel a little nauseated. (tar-like) adjective

I have no patience for people that tarry too long. (procrastinate, stall, wait) verb

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