tardier

tardy

[tahr-dee]
adjective, tardier, tardiest.
1.
late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today?
2.
moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish.
3.
delaying through reluctance.

Origin:
1475–85; earlier tardive, tardif < Old French < Vulgar Latin *tardīvus, equivalent to Latin tard(us) slow + -īvus -ive

tardily, adverb
tardiness, noun


1. slack. 3. dilatory.


1. prompt.
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tardy (ˈtɑːdɪ)
 
adj , -dier, -diest
1.  occurring later than expected: tardy retribution
2.  slow in progress, growth, etc: a tardy reader
 
[C15: from Old French tardif, from Latin tardus slow]
 
'tardily
 
adv
 
'tardiness
 
n

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tardy
late 14c. (implied in tardity), from O.Fr. tardif (12c.), from V.L. *tardivus, from L. tardus "slow, sluggish, dull, stupid," of unknown origin.
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