Other forms: tarried; tarrying; tarries

To tarry is to linger and take your time leaving. If you really like going to Sally’s Diner for dessert, you might tarry over coffee and end up leaving after they’ve closed the kitchen.

The verb tarry is perfect for describing what happens when those relatives that you see once a year come to your house for lunch and never seem to leave. When people tarry they stick around and take a long time to depart, sometimes lurking or loitering, or sometimes enjoying each other's company. Tarry can also mean to hang around a place without purpose. You might tarry in the park until the day is fading and you have to go home.

Definitions of tarry
  1. verb
    leave slowly and hesitantly
    synonyms: linger
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    type of:
    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  2. verb
    stay longer than you should
    synonyms: footle, hang around, lallygag, linger, loaf, loiter, lollygag, lounge, lurk, mess about, mill about, mill around
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    lurch, prowl
    loiter about, with no apparent aim
    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
Definitions of tarry
  1. adjective
    having the characteristics of pitch or tar
    synonyms: pitchy, resinous, resiny
    tending to adhere
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