adjective, tar·di·er, tar·di·est.

  1. late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today?
  2. moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish.
  3. delaying through reluctance.

adjective -dier or -diest

  1. occurring later than expectedtardy retribution
  2. slow in progress, growth, etca tardy reader

adj.late 14c. (implied in tardity), from Old French tardif (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tardivus, from Latin tardus “slow, sluggish, dull, stupid,” of unknown origin. Related: Tardily; tardiness.

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