Collins, for all his lateness, is still ahead of all his gay colleagues.
Bieber's team tweeted an apology for his lateness, which is perhaps a new low in the history of rock ‘n’ roll and social media.
I was sick of his lateness and his wildness and sick of all that pain.
Finally, Mrs. Brant broke up the debate by pointedly remarking on the lateness of the hour.
She was evidently engaged, despite the lateness of the hour, in mixing bread.
But its perfect hue was smirched with the lateness of the season.
Policemen watched me, but the lateness of the hour made no difference to me.
Clerks away ahead joyfully chalk up our hours of lateness on the announcement slate.
The lateness of the hour did not incline Tom to hurry on his journey homeward.
At length the lateness of the hour and the frequent lights announced that London must be near.
Old English læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from Proto-Germanic *lata- (cf. Old Norse latr "sluggish, lazy," Middle Dutch, Old Saxon lat, German laß "idle, weary," Gothic lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Greek ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see let (v.)).
The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from Old English late.