Definition of tardy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tardy

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːdi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrdi//
 
 
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tardy (in doing something) (formal) slow to act, move or happen; late in happening or arriving The law is often tardy in reacting to changing attitudes. people who are tardy in paying their bills (North American English) to be tardy for school The government’s tardy response to the situation has exacerbated matters. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French tardif, -ive, from Latin tardus ‘slow’.
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