Meaning and Origin
What does the name Tarry mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
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- A user from Tennessee, U.S. says the name Tarry is of Chinese origin and means "A loving active person".
Etymology: From Tar (n.)
- To stay or remain behind; to wait." Tarry ye for us, until we come again." [Ex. xxiv. 14.]
- To delay; to put off going or coming; to loiter."Come down unto me, tarry not." [Gen. xic. 9.]"One tarried here, there hurried one." [Emerson.]
- To stay; to abide; to continue; to lodge." Tarry all night, and wash your feet." [Gen. xix. 2.]synonyms: To abide; continue; lodge; await; loiter.
Etymology: OE. tarien to irritate (see Tarre); but with a change of sense probably due to confusion with OE. targen to delay, OF. targier, fr. (assumed) LL. tardicare, fr. L. tardare to make slow, to tarry, fr. tardus slow. Cf. Tardy
- To delay; to defer; to put off.(Obs)" Tarry us here no longer than to-morrow." [Chaucer.]
- To wait for; to stay or stop for.(Archaic)"He that will have a cake out of the wheat must needs tarry the grinding." [Shak.]"He plodded on, . . . tarrying no further question." [Sir W. Scott.]
- Leave slowly and hesitantly
- Be about
- Having the characteristics of pitch or tar
From Middle English tarien, terien (“to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay”), from Old English tirian, tirġan, terġan (“to worry, exasperate, pain, provoke, excite”), from Proto-Germanic *terganą, *targijaną (“to pull, tease, irritate”), from Proto-Indo-European *deregʰ- (“to pull, tug, irritate”). Cognate with Dutch tergen (“to provoke”), German zergen (“to vex, irritate, provoke”), Norwegian Bokmål terge (“to irritate, provoke”), Russian дёргать (djórgatʹ, “to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up”). Compare also Walloon tårdjî (“to be late, to be slow, to wait”).
- A sojourn.
From Middle English terrie, equivalent to tar + -y.