tar·​di·​ly ˈtär-də-lē How to pronounce tardily (audio)
: at a slow pace
: late

Examples of tardily in a Sentence

she submitted her scholarship application tardily, so she was not considered the money that I had lent him for the video games came tardily and only after I told him that if he didn't repay me, I was taking them back
Recent Examples on the Web Albeit tardily, it has been punished. The Economist, 20 June 2020 While Chanel, which last season shut out guests who arrived a couple of minutes late, started its show — gasp — tardily. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 7 Mar. 2023 Messer and Rokita tardily tried to remind voters that Braun was a former Democrat who had once (gasp!) voted for a gas-tax increase in the legislature. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, 9 May 2018 These fluttered tardily through the migratory funnel that is Cape May, N.J., their iconic orange-and-black patterns splashing against the muted green of pines frosted by the season's first chill. Joe Trezza, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tardily was circa 1598

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“Tardily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tardily. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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