- 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 tardily
Tardily, indeed, he appears to have acknowledged the contradiction.Spenser
R. W. Church
Tardily enough he now succumbed to the silent entreaties of his wife.Fire-Tongue
Tardily and unwillingly the Jew untied the handkerchief, and revealed a diamond diadem of extraordinary magnificence.
Tardily the men advanced, and any acute observer would have seen they had little heart in the business.War and the Weird
Tardily she made approach, blushing with increasing loveliness, and appeared in the presence of the princes.Indian Myth and Legend
Donald Alexander Mackenzie
- occurring later than expectedtardy retribution
- slow in progress, growth, etca tardy reader
Word Origin and History for tardily
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.