Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to move or proceed slowly; delay or impede.
  • intransitive v. To be delayed.
  • n. A slowing down or hindering of progress; a delay.
  • n. Music A slackening of tempo.
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a mentally retarded person.
  • n. Offensive Slang A person considered to be foolish or socially inept.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Retardation; delay.
  • n. A person with mental retardation.
  • n. A stupid person, or one who is slow to learn.
  • v. To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to prevent from progress; to render more slow in progress; to impede; to hinder
  • v. To put off; to postpone.
  • v. To be slow or dilatory to perform (something).
  • v. To decelerate; to slow down.
  • v. To stay back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Retardation; delay.
  • n. A mentally retarded person.
  • n. a person who is stupid or inept, especially in social situations.
  • intransitive v. To stay back.
  • transitive v. To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to prevent from progress; to render more slow in progress; to impede; to hinder; ; -- opposed to accelerate.
  • transitive v. To put off; to postpone

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make slow or slower; obstruct in motion or progress; delay; impede; clog; hinder.
  • To defer; postpone; put off.
  • Synonyms To detain, delay.
  • To be delayed or later than usual.
  • n. Retardation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lose velocity; move more slowly
  • n. a person of subnormal intelligence
  • v. cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate
  • v. be delayed
  • v. slow the growth or development of

Etymologies

Middle English retarden, from Old French retarder, from Latin retardāre : re-, re- + tardāre, to delay (from tardus, slow).
Short for retarded.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman or Latin, from Anglo-Norman retarder, from Latin retardāre ("to retard"), from re- + tardus ("slow") (Wiktionary)

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  • Being called a retard is not nice at all...

    January 15, 2010

  • We wish we were as clever as owls.

    March 25, 2009

  • I hate to be politically incorrect and insult birds.

    March 25, 2009

  • RETARD - (verb) - To stop working.
    Usage: "My grampaw retard at age 65."

    April 8, 2008

  • A widely used word in the sixties but very much a politically-incorrect insult today. I also like its short form - "tard".

    December 5, 2007