What does tardy mean?

tardy meaning in General Dictionary

following the expected or normal time; delayed

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  • Moving with a slow speed or motion sluggish perhaps not swift
  • To make tardy
  • going with a slow pace or motion; slow; maybe not swift.
  • not inseason; late; dilatory; -- opposed to prompt; because, become tardy in one single's payments.
  • Unwary; unready.
  • Criminal; responsible.
  • which will make tardy.

tardy meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1520s, "slow," from Old French tardif "slow, late" (12c.), also title of this snail character inside Roman de Renart, from Vulgar Latin *tardivus, from Latin tardus "slow, sluggish; belated; dull, stupid," of not known source. Meaning "late" in English is from 1660s. This word, not much utilized in English prose, is constantly employed in the U.S. plus in Canada with regards to lateness in school-attendance. [Thornton, "United States Glossary," 1912] Associated: Tardily; tardiness. Early in the day kind of the term in English ended up being tardif, tardyve (late 15c.). Tardity "slowness of movement or action" is recorded in English from early 15c., from Old French tardete, from Latin tarditas.


tardy meaning in General Dictionary

(superl.) Moving with a slow pace or motion; sluggish; perhaps not swift.

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  • (superl.) Not inseason; belated; dilatory; -- opposed to prompt; because, become tardy in one's payments.
  • (superl.) Unwary; unready.
  • (superl.) Criminal; bad.
  • (v. t.) To create tardy.

Sentence Examples with the word tardy

As vicar of the Holy See he convened a synod at Capua on the 7th of March 1087, resumed the papal insignia on the 21st of March, and received tardy consecration at Rome on the 9th of May.

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