retard

retard

[ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
verb (used without object)
2.
to be delayed.
noun
3.
a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
4.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a person who cognitively impaired.
b.
a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.
5.
Automotive, Machinery. an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.
Compare advance.


Origin:
1480–90; < Latin retardāre to delay, protract, equivalent to re- re- + tardāre to loiter, be slow, derivative of tardus slow; see tardy

retardingly, adverb


1. obstruct, check.


1. accelerate.


See retarded.
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retard
 
vb
1.  (tr) to delay or slow down (the progress, speed, or development) of (something)
 
n
2.  offensive (US) a retarded person
3.  offensive (US) a foolish person
 
[C15: from Old French retarder, from Latin retardāre, from re- + tardāre to make slow, from tardus sluggish; see tardy]

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retard
late 15c., from Fr. retarder (13c.), from L. retardare (see retardation). The noun is recorded from 1788 in the sense "retardation, delay;" from 1970 in offensive meaning "retarded person," originally Amer.Eng., with accent on first syllable
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retard definition

[ˈritɑrd]
  1. n.
    a rude nickname for a retarded person. (Derogatory and unkind.) : That retard is having a rough time.
  2. n.
    a stupid person. (Also a term of address.) : Don't be a retard! Get with it!
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