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tardy

[ tahr-dee ]

adjective

, tar·di·er, tar·di·est.
  1. late; behind time; not on time:

    How tardy were you today?

    Synonyms: slack

    Antonyms: punctual, prompt

  2. moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish.
  3. delaying through reluctance.

    Synonyms: dilatory



tardy

/ ˈtɑːdɪ /

adjective

  1. occurring later than expected

    tardy retribution

  2. slow in progress, growth, etc

    a tardy reader



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Derived Forms

  • ˈtardily, adverb
  • ˈtardiness, noun
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Other Words From

  • tar·di·ly adverb
  • tar·di·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tardy1

First recorded in 1475–85; earlier tardive, tardif, from Old French, from unattested Vulgar Latin tardīvus, equivalent to Latin tard(us) “slow” + -īvus adjective suffix; -ive
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tardy1

C15: from Old French tardif, from Latin tardus slow
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Example Sentences

Many teachers deduct points from students who are tardy turning in projects.

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Doctor Tardy and several others rushed on the tall Negro, who was soon, by the united efforts of several, thrown down and secured.

Tardy and insufficient amends, which reveal the weakness of authority, as well as the resistance with which it was opposed!

The Misses Tardy, Mrs. Dobbin, and the little girls, the performers.

Tardy I might be, but it was hardly conceivable that my presence aboard the rocket could have averted the catastrophe.

And who is Sir Tardy Knight that hither comes with masked face?

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