retard

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English

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Etymology

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman or Latin, from Anglo-Norman retarder, from Latin retardāre (to retard), from re- + tardus (slow)

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Noun (delay sense), verb
Noun (offensive slang sense)

Noun

retard (plural retards)

  1. Retardation; delay.
  2. (slang, offensive) A person with mental retardation.
    Do all retards have a low I.Q.?
  3. (slang, offensive) A stupid person, or one who is slow to learn.

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retard (third-person singular simple present retards, present participle retarding, simple past and past participle retarded)

  1. (transitive) To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to prevent from progress; to render more slow in progress; to impede; to hinder
    retard the march of an army
    retard the motion of a ship
  2. (transitive) To put off; to postpone.
    to retard the attacks of old age
    to retard a rupture between nations
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To be slow or dilatory to perform (something).
  4. (intransitive) To decelerate; to slow down.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To stay back.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Thomas Browne to this entry?)

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French

Etymology

From the verb retarder

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Noun

retard m (plural retards)

  1. delay

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