Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Retardation.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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 verb To put off; to postpone
  • noun Retardation; delay.
  • noun Colloq. and disparaging A mentally retarded person.
  • noun Colloq. and disparaging a person who is stupid or inept, especially in social situations.
  • noun the interval between the transit of the moon at which a tide originates and the appearance of the tide itself. It is found, in general, that any particular tide is not principally due to the moon's transit immediately proceeding, but to a transit which has occured some time before, and which is said to correspond to it. The retard of the tide is thus distinguished from the lunitidal interval. See under Retardation.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To stay back.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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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  • 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

  • RETARD - (verb) - To stop working.

    Usage: "My grampaw retard at age 65."

    April 8, 2008

  • I hate to be politically incorrect and insult birds.

    March 25, 2009

  • We wish we were as clever as owls.

    March 25, 2009

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

    January 15, 2010