adjective, tardier, tardiest.
late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today?
moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish.
delaying through reluctance.

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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The divine wrath is slow indeed in vengeance, but it makes up for its tardiness
  by the severity of the punishment.
Still, his fans continued to adore and support him-even when his drug use
  caused tardiness or a failure to appear at concerts.
But these are complex tasks of which tardiness does not disqualify this
Don't let your tardiness be responsible for whittling it down further.
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