- late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today?
- moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish.
- delaying through reluctance.
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Tardiness is reported to be much less in home credit schools.
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.
- occurring later than expectedtardy retribution
- slow in progress, growth, etca tardy reader
Word Origin 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.