tardy

adjective
tar·dy | \ ˈtär-dē \
tardier; tardiest

Definition of tardy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

tardy

noun
plural tardies

Definition of tardy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other words from tardy

Adjective

tardiness \ˈtär-dē-nəs \ noun

Examples of tardy in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This year, there have been just two tardy states — including South Carolina, where lawmakers passed their budget before July 1, but the governor signed it a few days later. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay," 12 July 2018 Something miles overdue, painfully tardy but addressed. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's Willie O'Ree broke NHL color barrier, charted path to hockey Hall," 26 June 2018 The Government Accountability Office and Pentagon’s director of operational testing have criticized Lockheed for tardy delivery of parts in the $406 billion acquisition program. Anthony Capaccio, Bloomberg.com, "Lockheed’s F-35 Bonus Fees Under Scrutiny by Pentagon’s Watchdog," 21 June 2018 But that, too, was delayed a week at one point while workers waited for a tardy steel delivery. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Opening of Fishers rebuilt amphitheater pushed back by construction delays," 30 May 2018 The Education Department plans to stop using private debt collectors to handle overdue student loans, a practice that had drawn scorn from activists who said the companies stop at nothing in pursuit of tardy loans. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "Trump administration to hand student debt collection to loan servicers, ending use of collectors," 25 May 2018 The league has already suffered black eyes from off-the-field thuggery of some players and its tardy attention to the devastating bodily damages, especially to the head. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "NFL controversy is about so much more than a flag," 31 May 2018 Will Kahn come around on the hapless, constantly tardy Bobby, who wouldn’t know a lawnmower from a lawn dart? Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Coming-of-age drama 'Measure of a Man' doesn't measure up, despite Donald Sutherland," 10 May 2018 Thursday’s filing is the latest twist in a messy court battle rooted in the federal government’s attempt to whittle down the number of contractors managing its portfolio of tardy education debt. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "Education Dept. cancels contracts with two firms to collect on student debt," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His tardy and limp comments about peaceful demonstrations came only after congressional resolutions and John McCain’s Senate tongue-lashing for their absence. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump is handling Iran just right, but his positive actions aren’t reported," 11 Jan. 2018 Shattered-bat grounder went to Xander Bogaerts, who was a fraction tardy in making the flip-feed, which cost Boston the double play. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians overwhelm Red Sox ace Chris Sale, again -- DMan's weekly report," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tardy

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tardy

Adjective

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

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The first known use of tardy was in the 15th century

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tardy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tardy

: slow in moving, acting, or happening

: done or happening late

: arriving or doing something late

tardy

adjective
tar·dy | \ ˈtär-dē \
tardier; tardiest

Kids Definition of tardy

: not on time : late

Other words from tardy

tardiness \ˈtär-dē-nəs \ noun

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