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- Late; overdue or delayed.
- He yawned, then raised a tardy hand over his mouth.
- Ineffectual; slow-witted, slow to act, or dullard.
- His tardy performance bordered on incompetence.
- Moving with a slow pace or motion; not swift.
- Check the tardy flight of time.
- tardy to vengeance, and with mercy brave
- (obsolete) Unwary; unready.
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- (obsolete) Criminal; guilty.
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- The term suggests habitual lateness.
- Somewhat dated in the United Kingdom.
later in relation to the proper time
ineffectual; slow witted, slow to act, or dullard
tardy (plural tardies)
- (US) A piece of paper given to students who are late to class.
- The teacher gave her a tardy because she did not come into the classroom until after the bell.