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tardy

[tahr-dee] /ˈtɑr di/
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
1475-1485
1475-85; earlier tardive, tardif < Old French < Vulgar Latin *tardīvus, equivalent to Latin tard(us) slow + -īvus -ive
Related forms
tardily, adverb
tardiness, noun
Synonyms
1. slack. 3. dilatory.
Antonyms
1. prompt.
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British Dictionary definitions for tardinesses

tardy

/ˈtɑːdɪ/
adjective -dier, -diest
1.
occurring later than expected tardy retribution
2.
slow in progress, growth, etc a tardy reader
Derived Forms
tardily, adverb
tardiness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French tardif, from Latin tardus slow
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Word Origin and History for tardinesses
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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