Tardy meaning

tärdē
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.

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Ineffectual; slow-witted, slow to act, or dullard.

His tardy performance bordered on incompetence.

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Moving or progressing slowly; sluggish.

Walking at a tardy pace.

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Slow in moving, acting, etc.
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Moving with a slow pace or motion; not swift.
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Behind time; late, delayed, or dilatory.
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(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.

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(obsolete) To make tardy.

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Occurring, arriving, acting, or done after the scheduled, expected, or usual time; late.
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He yawned, then raised a tardy hand over his mouth.

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Origin of tardy

  • Alteration of Middle English tardive slow from Old French tardif from Vulgar Latin tardīvus from Latin tardus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From an earlier tardive, from Old French tardif, from Vulgar Latin *tardivus, from Latin tardus (“slow", “sluggish").

    From Wiktionary