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tardy

[tahr-dee]
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adjective, tar·di·er, tar·di·est.
  1. late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today?
  2. moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish.
  3. delaying through reluctance.
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Origin of tardy

1475–85; earlier tardive, tardif < Old French < Vulgar Latin *tardīvus, equivalent to Latin tard(us) slow + -īvus -ive
Related formstar·di·ly, adverbtar·di·ness, noun

Synonyms for tardy

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1. slack. 3. dilatory.

Antonyms for tardy

1. prompt.
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Related Words for tardily

slowly, belatedly, backward, behind, behindhand, dilatorily, unpunctual

Examples from the Web for tardily

Historical Examples of 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

    Sax Rohmer

  • 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

    Forbes Phillips

  • Tardily she made approach, blushing with increasing loveliness, and appeared in the presence of the princes.

    Indian Myth and Legend

    Donald Alexander Mackenzie


British Dictionary definitions for tardily

tardy

adjective -dier or -diest
  1. occurring later than expectedtardy retribution
  2. slow in progress, growth, etca tardy reader
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Derived Formstardily, adverbtardiness, noun

Word Origin for tardy

C15: from Old French tardif, from Latin tardus slow
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Word Origin and History for tardily

tardy

adj.

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.

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