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tardy

adjective tar·dy \ ˈtär-dē \

Definition of tardy

tardier; tardiest
1 :moving slowly :sluggish
  • the tardy pace at which she was obliged to walk
  • —Charles Dickens
2 :delayed beyond the expected or proper time :late
  • a tardy arrival

tardiness

play \ˈtär-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of tardy in a Sentence

  1. She was tardy to work.

  2. They were tardy in filing the application.

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Origin and Etymology of tardy

alteration of earlier tardif, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *tardivus, from Latin tardus


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tardy

noun

Definition of tardy

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

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First Known Use of tardy

1960


TARDY Defined for English Language Learners

tardy

adjective

Definition of tardy for English Language Learners

  • : slow in moving, acting, or happening

  • : done or happening late

  • : arriving or doing something late


TARDY Defined for Kids

tardy

adjective tar·dy \ ˈtär-dē \

Definition of tardy for Students

tardier; tardiest
:not on time :late

tardiness

\ˈtär-dē-nəs\ noun


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