adjective, lat·er or lat·ter, lat·est or last.
adverb, lat·er, lat·est.
- latchkey child,
- late blight,
- late bloomer,
- late charge,
- late greek,
- late hebrew
Origin of late
Examples from the Web for lateness
Bieber's team tweeted an apology for his lateness, which is perhaps a new low in the history of rock ‘n’ roll and social media.Bieber Late For UK Gig, Homework Suffers, Bedtimes Missed|Tom Sykes|March 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I was sick of his lateness and his wildness and sick of all that pain.
For I was fast growing worried over the lateness of your return.In the Court of King Arthur|Samuel Lowe
Entering the room, notwithstanding the lateness of the hour, she found it filled with people.The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest|Margaret Vandercook
The lateness of the succeeding arrivals originated from the cause mentioned in the enclosed letter.The Old Pike|Thomas B. Searight
I was just moving some of the sticks when something caused me to remember the lateness of the hour.'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany|Gerald Featherstone Knight
And he was off before she could even protest at the lateness of the hour.When a Cobbler Ruled a King|Augusta Huiell Seaman
- at a late or advanced stage
- too late
Word Origin for late
Old English læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from Proto-Germanic *lata- (cf. Old Norse latr "sluggish, lazy," Middle Dutch, Old Saxon lat, German laß "idle, weary," Gothic lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Greek ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see let (v.)).
The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from Old English late.
In addition to the idioms beginning with late
- late in life
- late in the day
- at the latest
- better late than never
- keep late hours
- of late
- the latest
- too little, too late
Also see underlater.