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

  • adj. Occurring, arriving, acting, or done after the scheduled, expected, or usual time; late.
  • adj. Moving slowly; sluggish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Late; overdue or delayed.
  • adj. ineffectual; slow witted, slow to act, or dullard
  • n. A piece of paper given to students who are late to class.
  • v. To make tardy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving with a slow pace or motion; slow; not swift.
  • adj. Not being inseason; late; dilatory; -- opposed to prompt.
  • adj. Unwary; unready.
  • adj. Criminal; guilty.
  • transitive v. To make tardy.

from The 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.

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

  • adj. after the expected or usual time; delayed

Etymologies

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)
From an earlier tardive, from Old French tardif, from Vulgar Latin *tardivus, from Latin tardus ("slow”, “sluggish"). (Wiktionary)

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