- late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today?
- moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish.
- delaying through reluctance.
Origin of tardy
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Examples from the Web for tardy
"Tardy obedience is of the house of mutiny," I said sternly.To Have and To Hold
Tardy recollection that she was altogether too heavy for comfort brought her to her feet.Marjorie Dean College Freshman
Tardy is applied to that which is behind the proper or desired time, especially in doing a work or arriving at a place.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
Tardy restitution given to a long-suffering people; late righting of an ancient wrong!Vacation days in Greece
Rufus B. Richardson
Tardy employees approached their work joyously, not stealthily, as is the normal custom of such miscreants.The Triumph of Virginia Dale
John Francis, Jr.
- occurring later than expectedtardy retribution
- slow in progress, growth, etca tardy reader
Word Origin and History for tardy
late 14c. (implied in tardity), from Old French tardif (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tardivus, from Latin tardus "slow, sluggish, dull, stupid," of unknown origin. Related: Tardily; tardiness.