adjective tar·dy \ˈtär-dē\

: slow in moving, acting, or happening

: done or happening late

: arriving or doing something late


Full Definition of TARDY

:  moving slowly :  sluggish <the tardy pace at which she was obliged to walk — Charles Dickens>
:  delayed beyond the expected or proper time :  late <a tardy arrival>
tar·di·ness \ˈtär-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of TARDY

  1. She was tardy to work.
  2. They were tardy in filing the application.

Origin of TARDY

alteration of earlier tardif, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *tardivus, from Latin tardus
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with TARDY


plural tardies

Definition of TARDY

:  an instance of being tardy (as to a class)

First Known Use of TARDY


Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


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