Dictionary: TAR – TARZ


• TAR
n. 1. a sailor …1676 sl.
n. 2. black or very strong coffee …1850 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a mischievous character; esp. used of a child …1897 Eng. dial.
n. 4. opium …1935 US sl.
vb. 1. to irritate, to vex, to provoke …a1000 obs. or arch.
vb. 2. to weary, to fatigue …c1440 obs. rare
vb. 3. to excite to anger or violence; to tease …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TARA!
int. a cry or exclamation …1672

• TARADIDDLE
n. a trifling falsehood, a petty lie; a fib …1796 colloq.
vb. to tell fibs; to impose upon, or bring into some condition, by telling lies …1828 colloq.

• TARADIDDLER
n. a petty liar …1880 colloq.

• TARAGE
n. 1. taste, flavour …c1407 obs.
n. 2. quality, character, nature …1429 obs.
vb. to have a taste; to have a flavour …c1407 obs.

• TAR AND TIG
vb. to act forcefully or wantonly; to use force and violence …c1470 Sc. obs.

• TARANTANTAR
vb. to sound, or imitate the sound of, a trumpet; to sound with a loud noise like the blare of a trumpet …1840

• TARANTANTARIZE
vb. to sound, or imitate the sound of, a trumpet; to sound with a loud noise like the blare of a trumpet …1656

• TARANTARRATARA
n. a word imitating, and hence denoting, the sound of a trumpet or bugle …1873

• TARANTULA-JUICE
n. inferior whisky …1861 US sl.

• TARATANTARA
n. 1. a word imitating, and hence denoting, the sound of a trumpet or bugle …1553
n. 2. high-flown, loud, extravagant, or pretentious talk; bombast …1599 obs.

• TARATANTARO
n. high-flown, loud, extravagant, or pretentious talk; bombast …1670 obs.

• TAR BABY
n. 1. a Black person …1894 Amer. dial., derogatory
n. 2. Coca-Cola …2000 Amer. dial.

• TAR-BARREL
n. a term of abuse for a person; an inferior person …1695 obs.

• TARBET
n. a neck of land, an isthmus; hence, a portage between two lochs or navigable channels …1843 Sc.

• TARBLE
adj. corruption of tolerable; esp. used of health …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TARBLISH
adv. pretty well …1825 Eng. dial.

• TAR-BOX
n. a term of contempt for a person; a ‘stinking fellow’; an inferior person …a1592 obs.

• TAR-BREECH
adj. wearing tarry breeches, said of a sailor …1582 obs.

• TAR-BRUSH
n. a contemptuous term for a Black person …1835

• THE TAR-BRUSH
n. a person of mixed race …1859

• TAR-BRUSHER
n. one who ‘blackens’ a reputation; a defamer …1884

• TAR BUCKET
n. a tagalong; a hanger-on; one who lags behind …1915 Amer. dial.

• TAR CANDY
n. a nickname for licorice candy …c1960 Amer. dial.

• TARD
n. 1983 US sl., derogatory – a retard; a stupid person

• TARDANCE
n. 1595 obs. – delaying, delay 

• TARDANCY
n. 1654 obs. – delaying, delay

• TARDATION
n. 1500-20 obs. – the act of delaying, delay, postponement; slackening of speed, retardation, hindering 

• TARDATIVE
adj. 1665-6 obs. – tending to slacken speed, retarding, delaying

• TARDE
adj. 1. 1547 obs. – slow
adj. 2. 1613 obs. rare – late
adv. 1. 1557 obs. – late
adv. 2. 1597 obs. – slowly
vb. 1524 obs. rare – to retard, to delay

• TARDIDATION
adj. 1647 obs. rare – the act of delaying, delay, postponement; a hindering, retarding

• TARDIE
adj. 1825 Sc. – peevish, ill-humoured, sulky, sarcastic

• TARDIGRADE
adj. 1. 1623 – walking or moving slowly; slow-paced
adj. 2. 1883 – fig. sluggish in thought or action; unprogressive; slow-going
n. 1827 – a sloth  

• TARDIGRADOUS
adj. 1. moving slowly …1658
adj. 2. of people or animals: sluggish …1866

• TARDILOQUENT
adj. speaking slowly; slow of speech …1656 obs. rare

• TARDILOQUY
n. slow speech, a slow speaking …1623 obs. rare

• TARDIOUS
adj. tardy, slow, sluggish …c1580 obs. rare

• TARDITUDE
n. slowness to act; tardiness, sluggishness; unwillingness …1794 rare

• TARDITY
n. 1. slowness of movement or action …c1450 rare
n. 2. the fact of being late; lateness …1599 rare

• TARDIVE
adj. characterized by lateness, or tending to appear late; of late appearance of development …1905

• TARDIVITY
n. lateness of development or maturity …1725 obs. rare

• TARDLE
n. a tangled mass, a tangle ..1898 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to entangle …1851 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to dress gaily …BK1905 Eng. dial.

• TARDS
n. long shreds of weeds, vegetables, etc. …1905 Sc.

• TARDY
vb. to make tardy; to delay, to retard, to keep back …1611 obs.

• TARDY-GAITED
adj. moving slowly, slow-paced, sluggish …1599

• TARE
adj. of flies: eager, restless, troublesome …1881 Eng. dial.
n. 1. a very small particle; a whit, a jot, an atom …c1386 obs.
n. 2. a moral defect …1630

• TARENTINE SPIDER
n. the tarantula …1668 obs.

• TARETATHERS
n. tatters, shreds, rags …1825 Sc. obs.

• TARE-UP
n. a row, a rampage …1906 Amer. dial.

• TARF
adj. 1. coarse, harsh, acrid …1880 Sc.
adj. 2. harsh, bad-tempered, rough-spoken …1887 Sc.
adj. 3. bitter, rancid in taste …1920 Sc.
adj. 4. of weather: severe, intense …1929 Sc.
n. the turn or facing of a cap …1545 obs.

• T.A.R.F.U.
n. the state of confusion in which ‘Things Are Really Fucked Up” …20C

• TARGAT
n. 1. a tatter; a shred …1773 Sc. obs.
n. 2. a tassel; an ornament for the hat …1802 Sc. obs.

• TARGE
n. 1. tarrying, delay …a1300 obs.
n. 2. a violent, scolding woman; a shrew, a virago, a vixen …1862 Sc.
n. 3. a scathing or cutting rebuke …1866 Sc.
vb. 1. to delay; to tarry …c1250 obs.
vb. 2. to question closely, to cross-examine …1786 Sc.
vb. 3. to keep in order or under discipline …1814 Sc.
vb. 4. to reprimand, to scold loudly …1825 Sc.
vb. 5. to beat, to strike, to thrash, to drub …1825 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to bustle about, to hustle, to go at a task in an active, vigorous manner …1825 Sc.
vb. 7. to copulate …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 8. to enjoin, to give strict instructions to …1913 Sc.
vb. 9. to push one’s way forcefully through a crowd …1923 Sc.

• TARGED
adj. shabby in appearance, tattered …1825 Sc.

• TARGER
n. 1. a termagant; a scold; a shrew; a quarrelsome woman …1822 Sc.
n. 2. a big, active, hustling person …1860 Sc.
n. 3. a person of bad or eccentric character; a rough fellow; a mischievous person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 4. anything very large or out of the common; a monstrous lie …1884 N. Ireland

• TARGET
n. 1. a person who is the object of general abuse, scorn, derision, or the like …1757
n. 2. a tatter, a shred …1773 Sc.
n. 3. a leg and breast of lamb combined …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 4. a small-bore rifle …1923 Amer. dial.
n. 5. a thin, poor-condition animal …1930 Sc.
n. 6. an oddly or untidily dressed person …1972 Sc.

• TARGING
adj. 1. harsh, censorious, domineering …1898 Sc.
adj. 2. large, monstrous …Ireland and Eng. dial.
n. a scolding, a berating …1825 Sc.

• TARGLE
n. 1. a despicable person; a dirty, slovenly woman …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 2. anything worthless or inferior …BK1905 Eng. dial.

• TARGUS
adj. worthless …Bk1905 Irish

• TARHEEL
n. 1. a poor White, esp. from the piney woods of North Carolina; a rustic or countrified person; any north Carolinian; an insignificant person …1846 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a person of mixed blood, part Black …1966 Amer. dial.
n. 3. (as ‘Tar heel’) a Black person …1970 Amer. dial., derogatory

• TARHOOD
n. the general body of sailors; sailors collectively …1749 nonce word

• TARIDIDDLE
n. a trifling falsehood, a petty lie; a fib …1796 colloq.

• TARIFF
n. an arithmetical table or statement; a table of multiplication, a ready reckoner, or the like …1591 obs.

• TARING
n. abatement for defective goods …1622 obs.

• TARKY
adj. dark …Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.

• TARLACK
n. a contemptible fellow; a person not over-particular; a sturdy, brawling woman; a dirty female tatterdemalion …1881 Eng. dial.

• TARLE
n. a small weak person or animal …1866 Sc. obs.
vb. 1. to work lazily, to be of a lazy disposition …1866 Sc. obs.
vb. 2. to labour under disease; to go about feebly as being unwell …1866 Sc. obs.

• TARLEATHER
n. a term of abuse or reproach applied to a woman; an inferior woman …1575 obs. rare

• TARLOCH
adj. 1. weak, peevish, grumbling …1811 Sc.
adj. 2. slow or reluctant to eat food, squeamish …1825 Sc.
adj. 3. of weather: unpleasant, stormy …1825 Sc.
n. 1. a silly, inactive girl; a coarse, ragged, sluttish woman …1825 Sc.
n. 2. of persons or animals: a small weak or worthless creature …1866 Sc.
n. 3. a contemptible fellow; a person not over-particular; a sturdy, brawling woman; a dirty female tatterdemalion …1881 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 4. a diminutive person or child …1910 Sc.
vb. 1. to go about in a lazy manner …1866 Sc.
vb. 2. to show symptoms of disease …1866 Sc.

• TAR-LUBBER
n. a term of contempt for a sailor …1610

• TARMANACK
n. a slovenly person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TARMINED
adj. aphetic form of determined …1857 Eng. dial.

• TARNACIOUS
adj. damned …1859 Amer. dial.

• TARNAL
adj. 1. infernal; damned; damnable; used as an intensifier …1790 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. eternal, everlasting …1995 Amer. dial.
adv. very, extremely …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.

• TARNATION
adj. damned; used as an intensifier ..1783 Amer. dial.
adv. damnably, desperately, execrably …1790
int. an exclamation of annoyance …1790 chiefly US
n. hell, damnation …1790 Amer. dial.

• TARNATIONALLY
adv. very, exceedingly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TARN-CAP
n. a magic cap, securing the invisibility of the wearer …1856 rare

• TARN’D
adj. ill-natured, fierce, crabbed …1805 Eng. dial.

• TAR OFF
vb. to put a person off with useless information …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TARPAULIAN
adj. pert. to a sailor …1719 obs.
n. a sailor …a1656 obs.

• TARPAULIN
adj. pert to a mariner or sailor; sea-bred …1647 rare
n. a nickname for a mariner or sailor, esp. a common sailor …1647 rare or arch.

• TARPIT
vb. aphetic form of to interpret …1835 Sc. obs.

• TAR-POT
n. 1. a sailor …1641 humorous
n. 2. a Black person …1944 Amer. dial.

• TARR
n. a mischievous character; esp. used of a child …1897 Eng. dial.
vb. to excite to anger or violence; to tease …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TARRADIDDLE
n. 1. a small lie, a fib, a trifling falsehood …1796 colloq.
n. 2. a liar …1887 Eng. dial.
vb. to tell fibs; to impose upon by telling fibs …1828 colloq.

• TARRADIDDLED
adj. imposed upon, as by lies; puzzled; bewildered …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TARRAGAT
vb. to interrogate, to question strictly and persistently; to tease, to torment with questions; to pester …1825 Sc.

• TARRAGATION
n. an interrogation, a strict cross-examination …1864 Sc.

• TARRAGE
n. 1. taste, flavour …c1407 obs.
n. 2. quality, character, nature …1429 obs.

• TARRAN
n. a peevish, ill-humoured person …Bk1905 Sc. obs.

• TARRANT
adj. mean, disreputable …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. a crabbed, ill-natured person …1703 Eng. dial.

• TARRAS
n. a troublesome, mischievous lad …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TARRE
vb. to irritate, to vex, to provoke …a1000 obs. or arch.

• TARRED WITH THE SAME BRUSH
adj. stained with the same or similar faults or obnoxious qualities, corrupt …1823

• TARRED WITH THE SAME STICK
adj. stained with the same or similar faults or obnoxious qualities, corrupt …1818

• TARRET
vb. to tarry …Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.

• TARRIAGE
n. tarrying; delay, postponement, procrastination …c1470 obs. rare

• TARRIANCE
n. 1. the act of tarrying; delay, postponement, procrastination …1460 arch.
n. 2. temporary residence or continuance in a place; sojourn, abiding …1530 arch.
n. 3. abiding in expectation; awaiting, waiting …1561 obs.
n. 4. the causing of delay; hindrance …1598 obs.

• TARRICROOK
n. a bent pitchfork …1897 Sc.

• TARRIE
n. 1. a terrier dog …1788 Sc.
n. 2. vexation, trouble, harm …1826 Sc. obs.

• TARRIER
n. 1. one who tarries or delays; a lingerer, a procrastinator; one who stays or remains …1382 arch.
n. 2. one who or that which delays someone; a hinderer, an obstructor; an obstruction …1614 obs.

• TARRIE
n. 1. a terrier …1788 Sc.
n. 2. trouble …1870 Sc. obs.

• TARRIN’
n. a beating …1784 Sc.

• TARRING
n. provocation …1382 obs.

• TARRISH
adj. belonging to sailors; nautical …1841 rare

• TARRON
n. a scamp, a rake …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TARROW
n. 1. a refusal of food, esp. by a child in the sulks …1813 Sc.
n. 2. a slight illness, an indisposition …1866 Sc.
vb. 1. to tarry, to delay, to linger, to hesitate, to show reluctance …c1375 Sc.
vb. 2. to complain; to find fault with one’s food; to refuse food, etc. merely out of peevishness …1641 Sc.
vb. 3. to be in a weakly state of health …1866 Sc.

• TARROW AT
vb. to feel or display reluctance; to show disdain or hesitation, to be pettishly unwilling to accept, to spurn, to refuse …1768 Sc.

• TARROWINGLY
adv. reluctantly …c1375 Sc.

• TARRY
adj. 1. thievish, inclined to steal …1822
adj. 2. irritable, verging towards spiteful anger …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 1. the act of tarrying; spending or loss of time; delay, procrastination …c1375 obs.
n. 2. temporary residence, sojourn …c1375
vb. 1. to delay, to retard, to defer, to put off a thing or action; to protract, to prolong …c1320 obs.
vb. 2. to detain, to delay, to retard, to keep back a person or agent for a time; to keep waiting; to hold in check, to impede, to hinder …1340 obs.
vb. 3. to remain, to stay, to abide, to continue in some state or condition …c1450 obs.
vb. 4. outstay, to stay over (a given time) …a1500 obs.
vb. 5. to lodge someplace; to sojourn, to abide temporarily …1704 Amer. dial.

• TARRY BREEKS
n a sailor …1721 Sc.

• TARRY BRITCHES
n a sailor …1931 Sc.

• TARRY-FINGERED
adj. pilfering, thievish, inclined to steal, dishonest …1808 Sc.

• TARRY-FINGERS
n. a person given to stealing, a petty thief …1808 Sc.

• TARRY-FISTED
adj. thievish, inclined to steal, dishonest …1906

• TARRY-HANDED
adj. dishonest, pilfering …1813 Sc.

• TARRY HAT
n. a policeman, from the tall black felt hat formerly worn as part of their uniform …1890 Sc.

• TARRYHOOT
vb. to rush; to gallivant …1933 Amer. dial.

• TARRY-JACKET
n. a humorous nickname for a sailor …1822

• TARRY-JOHN
n. a humorous nickname for a sailor …1888

• TARRYMENT
n. delay, tarrying …1560 obs. rare

• TARRY-NEIVE
n. a person given to stealing, a petty thief …1810 Sc.

• TARRY OUT
vb. to stay till the end of …1654 obs.

• TARRYSOME
adj. 1513 Sc. obs. rare – characterized by tarrying; slow, lingering; wearisome

• TARRY-TRICK
n. 1821 Sc. – cheating, pilfering

• TARRYWAGS
n. 18C sl. – the testicles; the male genitals

• TARSE
n. c1000 obs. – the penis

• TARSIE-VERSIE
adv. 1838 Sc. – topsy-turvy, in confusion or disorder; walking backwards

• TART
adj. 1. c1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – of pain, punishment, suffering, discipline, law: sharp, severe, painful, grievous, tender to the touch, smarting, stinging
adj. 2. c1500 obs. – sharp, keen, as an edge, point, or weapon
adj. 3. 1605 obs. rare – of the sense of taste: keen
adj. 4. 1893 Eng. dial. – harsh, severe
adj. 5. 1898 Eng. dial. – wild
adj. 6. 1901 Sc. – of gossip, etc.: stinging, striking
adj. 7. 1901 Eng. dial. – of the wind or weather: sharp, keen, piercing, bracing
adj. 8. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – brittle
n. 1. 1864 rhyming sl. for ‘raspberry tart = sweetheart’  – a sweetheart
n. 2. 1881 Eng. dial. – a sharp pain
n. 3. 1887 sl., derogatory – a promiscuous woman; a girl or woman, often one of immoral character
n. 4. 1894 sl. – a prostitute
n. 5. 1935 sl. – a young homosexual companion of an older man; a male prostitute
vb. 1629 rare – to become tart or sour

• TARTAN
n. 1827 Sc. – the Scottish Lowland or Highland dialect; Highland manners or customs

• TARTAR
adj. 1809 – rough and violent, savage, cruel
n. 1. 1500-20 obs. – the infernal regions; hell
n. 2. 1590 – a term of abuse for a person; an inferior person
n. 3. 1590 – that which is worthless
n. 4. 1598 cant  obs. – a strolling vagabond, a tramp, a thief, beggar
n. 5. 1663 – a savage person; a rough and violent or irritable person, an irascible person; an ill-natured, shrewish woman, a vixen, a termagant 
n. 6. 1785 sl. – one hard to beat or surpass in skill; an adept, a champion, an expert
n. 7. 1905 Sc. – a disturbance, noise, hubbub
n. 8. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – a covetous, grasping person
vb. 1928 Sc. – to move about restlessly and noisily; to blunder about; to toss, to fidget, to wriggle

• TARTAREAL
adj. belonging to the Tartarus of the ancients; hence, pert. to hell or to purgatory; infernal …1602 obs. rare

• TARTAREAN
adj. 1. belonging to the Tartarus of the ancients; hence, pert. to hell or to purgatory; infernal …1623
adj. 2. hellish, like hell …1806

• TARTAREOUS
adj. pert., to Tartarus; infernal, hellish, very wicked …1619 obs.

• TARTARIAN
n. a thief …1608 cant

• TARTAR-NOSED
adj. snub-nosed like a Tartar …1827

• TART CART
n. 1990s US teen sl. – a school bus for special education students

• TAR THE FINGERS TO DO A THING
vb. Bk1905 Sc. – to meet with difficulty in accomplishing it; to be unwilling to do it  

• TARTLE
n. 1825 Sc. obs. – a hesitation in the recognition of a person or thing
vb. 1. 1737 Sc. obs. – to hesitate, esp. to hesitate in recognizing a person; to hesitate about clinching a bargain
vb. 2. 1825 Sc. obs. – to recognize, esp. after some uncertainty, to discern; to take notice of
vb. 3. 1877 Sc. & Ireland – to rend, to tatter  
vb. 4. Bk1905 Sc. obs. – of a horse: to shy 

• TARTLES
n. c1867 – tatters, torn or trailing edges of clothing, tassels, or fringes of ragged or dirty material 

• TARTLESOME
adj. a1838 Sc. obs. – disposed to start objections, captious  

• TARTMOBILE
n. 1990s US teen sl. – a school bus for special education students

• TARTRE
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – a noise made by scrambling about  

• TART-STUFF
n. 1623 obs. – a confection of fruit for making tarts 

• TARTUFFISH
adj. 1. 1768 – hypocritical, pretentious
adj. 2. B1900 Sc. obs. – sour, sullen, sulky, stubborn, obstinate

• TART UP
vb. 1938 US sl. – to adorn; to make attractive, esp. with cheap ornaments and cosmetics

• TARTY
adj. 1. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – tart, sour  
adj. 2. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – dainty, particular as to food

• TARVE
n. 1893 Eng. dial. – a stir, a commotion 
vb. 1. 1746 Eng. dial. – to struggle; to writhe
vb. 2. 1895 Amer. dial. – to tip, to turn  
vb. 3. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – to rage, to storm  

• TARVEAL
adj. 1742 Sc. obs. – ill-natured, fretful
n. 1790 Sc. obs. – fatigue
vb. 1768 Sc. obs. – to drive a person hard at work, to harass, to fatigue; to vex, to plague

• TARVIZZEEN
n. Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs. – struggling; contending, scolding, tormenting  

• TAR-WATER
n. Bk1944 services’ sl. – general issue coffee  

• TARWEED CANARY
n. 1896 Amer. dial. – a goldfinch  

• TARY
n. 1. 1714 Sc. obs. – the devil
n. 2. 1826 Sc. obs. – vexation, trouble, harm

• TARYAGE
n. c1470 obs. rare – tarrying; delay, postponement, procrastination

• TARYLUG
vb. to tear and pull about …Bk1905 Eng. dial.


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