- The definition of tardy is slow moving, delayed or late.
An example of someone who is tardy is a student who arrives 20 minutes after the bell has rung.
- slow in moving, acting, etc.
- behind time; late, delayed, or dilatory
Origin: L Middle English tardyve from Old French tardif from Vulgar Latin an unverified form tardivus from Classical Latin tardus, slow, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form ter-, delicate, weak from source Glassical Greek terēn, tender
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adjective tar·di·er, tar·di·est
- Occurring, arriving, acting, or done after the scheduled, expected, or usual time; late.
- Moving slowly; sluggish.
Origin: Alteration of Middle English tardive, slow, from Old French tardif, from Vulgar Latin *tardīvus, from Latin tardus.
- tarˈdi·ly adverb
- tarˈdi·ness noun