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tar·ry1 / ˈtärē/ • adj. (-ri·er , -ri·est ) of, like, or covered with tar: a length of tarry rope. DERIVATIVES: tar·ri·ness n. tar·ry2 / ˈtarē/ • v. (-ries, -ried) [intr.] dated stay longer than intended; delay leaving a place: she could tarry a bit and not get home until four. DERIVATIVES: tar·ri·er n. ( rare ).