tardy

[ tahr-dee ]
/ ˈtɑr di /

adjective, tar·di·er, tar·di·est.

late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today?
moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish.
delaying through reluctance.

Origin of tardy

1475–85; earlier tardive, tardif < Old French < Vulgar Latin *tardīvus, equivalent to Latin tard(us) slow + -īvus -ive

Related forms

tar·di·ly, adverbtar·di·ness, noun
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tardy

/ (ˈtɑːdɪ) /

adjective -dier or -diest

occurring later than expectedtardy retribution
slow in progress, growth, etca tardy reader

Derived Forms

tardily, adverbtardiness, noun

Word Origin for tardy

C15: from Old French tardif, from Latin tardus slow
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