tardy

[tahr-dee]
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:
1475–85; 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]
 
'tardily
 
adv
 
'tardiness
 
n

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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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Example sentences
Of course there will be exceptions when you have no choice but to be tardy.
Nonetheless, her government's response has been criticised as tardy and
  ineffective.
The scanner records when she's tardy or absent and even plays a song for her
  birthday.
These tardy firms continue to over-promise and under-deliver.
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