What does tardy mean?

Definitions for tardy
ˈtɑr ditardy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word tardy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. belated, late, tardyadjective

    after the expected or usual time; delayed

    "a belated birthday card"; "I'm late for the plane"; "the train is late"; "tardy children are sent to the principal"; "always tardy in making dental appointments"


  1. tardynoun

    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.

  2. tardyadjective

    Late; overdue or delayed.

    He yawned, then raised a tardy hand over his mouth.

  3. tardyadjective

    ineffectual; slow witted, slow to act, or dullard

    His tardy performance bordered on incompetence.

  4. Etymology: From an earlier tardive, from tardif, from *, from tardus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TARDYadjective

    Etymology: tardus, Lat. tardif, Fr.

    Nor should their age by years be told,
    Whose souls, more swift than motion, climb,
    And check the tardy flight of time. George Sandys, Paraph.

    Behold that navy which a while before
    Provok’d the tardy English close to fight;
    Now draw their beaten vessels close to shore,
    As larks lie dar’d to shun the hobbies flight. Dryden.

    When certain to o’ercome, inclin’d to save,
    Tardy to vengeance, and with mercy brave. Matthew Prior.

    You shall have letters from me to my son
    In your behalf, to meet you on the way;
    Be not ta’en tardy by unwise delay. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Death he as oft accus’d
    Of tardy execution, since denounc’d
    The day of his offence. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    The tardy plants in our cold orchards plac’d,
    Reserve their fruit for the next age’s taste:
    There a small grain in some few months will be
    A firm, a lofty and a spacious tree. Edmund Waller.

    Tardy of aid, unseal thy heavy eyes,
    Awake, and with the dawning day arise. Dryden.

    You may freely censure him for being tardy in his payments. Arbuthnot.

    Yield, scoundrel base, quoth she, or die,
    Thy life is mine, and liberty:
    But if thou think’st I took thee tardy,
    And dar’st presume to be so hardy,
    To try thy fortune o’er a-fresh,
    I’ll wave my title to thy flesh. Hudibras, p. i.

    If they take them tardy, they endeavour to humble them by way of reprizal: those slips and mismanagements are usually ridiculed. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

  2. To Tardyverb

    To delay; to hinder.

    Etymology: tarder, Fr. from the adjective.

    I chose
    Camillo for the minister, to poison
    My friend Polixenes; which had been done,
    But that the good mind of Camillo tardied
    My swift command. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.


  1. tardy

    Tardiness is the habit of being late or delaying arrival. Being late as a form of misconduct may be formally punishable in various arrangements, such as workplace, school, etc. An opposite personality trait is punctuality.


  1. tardy

    Tardy refers to being late or delayed beyond the expected or proper time. It can also signify somone who is slow in action or response.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tardy

    moving with a slow pace or motion; slow; not swift

  2. Tardy

    not being inseason; late; dilatory; -- opposed to prompt; as, to be tardy in one's payments

  3. Tardy

    unwary; unready

  4. Tardy

    criminal; guilty

  5. Tardyverb

    to make tardy

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tardy

    tär′di, adj. slow, late, sluggish: out of season.—advs. Tardamen′te (mus.), slowly; Tar′dily, slowly: reluctantly: late.—n. Tar′diness.—adj. Tar′dy-gait′ed (Shak.) slow-paced. [Fr. tardiftard—L. tardus, slow.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TARDY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tardy is ranked #15938 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tardy surname appeared 1,823 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Tardy.

    63.8% or 1,163 total occurrences were White.
    25.6% or 468 total occurrences were Black.
    5.6% or 103 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 50 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tardy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tardy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of tardy in a Sentence

  1. Christian Carino:

    I'm aware of him being tardy but he's been tardy on everything his entire life, i think it's troublesome to everybody, but everyone has learned how to produce a film to deal with it.

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    • A. alternate
    • B. whirring
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