- 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 of tardyLate 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 Classical Greek terēn, tender
- Occurring, arriving, acting, or done after the scheduled, expected, or usual time; late.
- Moving or progressing slowly; sluggish: walking at a tardy pace.
Origin of tardyAlteration of Middle English tardive, slow, from Old French tardif, from Vulgar Latin *tardīvus, from Latin tardus.
(comparative tardier, superlative tardiest)
- The term suggests habitual lateness.
- Somewhat dated in the United Kingdom.
- (US) A piece of paper given to students who are late to class.
- The teacher gave her a tardy because she did not come into the classroom until after the bell.
(third-person singular simple present tardies, present participle tardying, simple past and past participle tardied)
- (obsolete) To make tardy.