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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

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1. slack. 3. dilatory.

Antonyms

1. prompt.
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Examples from the Web for tardiness

Historical Examples

  • Tardiness is reported to be much less in home credit schools.

    School Credit for Home Work

    Lewis Raymond Alderman

  • Tardiness is a disappointment and an interruption; a kind of falsehood and theft of time.

    The Choctaw Freedmen

    Robert Elliott Flickinger

  • Tardiness on the part of any pupil doing the work meant a loss of so many credits already accumulated.

    School Credit for Home Work

    Lewis Raymond Alderman


British Dictionary definitions for tardiness

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

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

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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