American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Occurring, arriving, acting, or done after the scheduled, expected, or usual time; late.
- adj. Moving slowly; sluggish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Moving with a slow pace or motion; slow; sluggish.
- Late; dilatory; behindhand.
- Characterized by or proceeding from reluctance; unwilling to move or act; hanging back.
- Synonyms Dilatory, etc. (see slow), slack, procrastinating.
- To delay; retard; hinder.
- adj. Late; overdue or delayed.
- adj. ineffectual; slow witted, slow to act, or dullard
- n. US A piece of paper given to students who are late to class.
- v. obsolete, transitive To make tardy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Moving with a slow pace or motion; slow; not swift.
- adj. Not being inseason; late; dilatory; -- opposed to
- adj. obsolete Unwary; unready.
- adj. obsolete Criminal; guilty.
- v. obsolete To make tardy.
- adj. after the expected or usual time; delayed.
- From an earlier tardive, from Old French tardif, from Vulgar Latin *tardivus, from Latin tardus ("slow”, “sluggish"). (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of Middle English tardive, slow, from Old French tardif, from Vulgar Latin *tardīvus, from Latin tardus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In lots of cultures around the world, being tardy is NOT a sign of disrespect at all.”
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“The curses of the camel-drivers beating the animals; the cries of the hawkers who sold amulets against leprosy and the evil eye; the psalmody of the monks reciting verses of the Bible; the shrieking of the women who were prophesying; the shouting of the beggars singing old songs of the harem; the bleating of sheep; the braying of asses; the sailors calling tardy passengers; all these confused noises caused a deafening uproar, over which dominated the strident voices of the little naked negro boys, running about everywhere selling fresh dates.”
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