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retard

[ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4] /rɪˈtɑrd, for 1–3, 5; ˈri tɑrd 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.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person who cognitively impaired.
  2. 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
1480-1490
1480-90; < Latin retardāre to delay, protract, equivalent to re- re- + tardāre to loiter, be slow, derivative of tardus slow; see tardy
Related forms
retardingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. obstruct, check.
Antonyms
1. accelerate.
Usage note
See retarded.
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British Dictionary definitions for retards

retard

verb (rɪˈtɑːd)
1.
(transitive) to delay or slow down (the progress, speed, or development) of (something)
noun (ˈriːtɑːd)
2.
(US, offensive) a retarded person
3.
(US, offensive) a foolish person
Word Origin
C15: from Old French retarder, from Latin retardāre, from re- + tardāre to make slow, from tardus sluggish; see tardy
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Word Origin and History for retards

retard

v.

late 15c., "make slow or slower," from French retarder "restrain, hold (someone) back, keep (someone from doing something); come to a stop" (13c.) or directly from Latin retardare "make slow, delay, keep back, hinder" (see retardation). Related: Retarded; retarding.

The noun is recorded from 1788 in the sense "retardation, delay;" from 1970 in offensive meaning "retarded person," originally American English, with accent on first syllable. Other words used for "one who is mentally retarded" include retardate (1956), retardee (1971).

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Slang definitions & phrases for retards

retard

noun

A stupid person; airhead, spaz: the stereotype of the crazy retard

[1960s+; fr mentally retarded]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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