Adjective "tardy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Delaying or delayed beyond the right or expected time; late.
  1. 'This is despite the introduction of late payment legislation three years ago that, in theory, allows a supplier to hit tardy payers with interest penalties.'
  2. 'Students who are tardy to school for a third time receive $165 citations from Whittier, California, cops.'
  3. 'It can use fuelling trucks but the trucks delay flights because of tardy, lazy drivers.'
  4. 'This woman, dressed in a headscarf, long peasant dress and sweater, stands with her arms folded in front of her as if she is slightly cold or perhaps waiting for a tardy child.'
  5. 'It is a dire coach company in the UK, to be avoided at all costs for their provision of uncomfortable seats and tardy services.'
  6. 'The other upside was that any school official who called my house to ask why I was tardy got assurances from ‘my mom’ that it was all her fault.'
  7. 'On one trip in Africa, a tardy photographer was left behind and had to catch us up in the next country.'
  8. 'So I beg your forgiveness for being tardy with mail.'
  9. 'My first meeting was drawing to a close, the participants slinking out to Starbucks - a plan ruined by my tardy arrival, which meant they were doomed to repeat the salient points.'
  10. 'The ambassador's only doubt was whether ‘such tardy recognition’ of Chaplin's undisputed and long-held talents would be desirable at this time.'
  11. 'this makes the car feel tardy in quick manoeuvres'
  12. 'The four AMCs have been tardy in valuing and auctioning off state assets, in large part due to the government's fear of selling them off on the cheap - especially to foreigners.'
  13. 'I now view the American military with awe and admiration: it is as difficult to provoke the United States as it is to survive its eventual and tardy response.'
  14. 'That is no excuse, though, for the tardy international response to a disaster which was not hidden from view but unfolded beneath our very eyes.'
  15. 'Howard's belated triumphalism in the South Pacific may be no more successful than Mussolini's equally tardy attempts at empire building in North Africa.'
  16. 'A bankrupt political system has been a convenient peg on which to hang the blame for a consistently tardy response to humanitarian need.'
  17. 'As the scale of carnage became clear and the government response was seen as tardy, TV news anchors and reporters dropped reserve in favour of stinging comments from the heart.'
  18. 'Although the president said he would return to the Gulf Coast tomorrow, his initial response was deemed tardy and inadequate by many observers.'
  19. 'Yet because the government has been tardy in its response, the initiative was lost, and it's likely the current economic malaise will only get worse.'
  20. 'The sure signs of the collapse are everywhere - nothing is moving; projects are not progressing; whatever work takes place happens at a tardy pace.'
  21. 'The Jim Muldowney trained Aparelho was the warm 6/4 favourite for this event but after a tardy enough start was always playing catch-up.'


1. late; behind time; not on time: How tardy were you today?

2. moving or acting slowly; slow; sluggish.

3. delaying through reluctance.

More examples(as adjective)

"reforms can be tardy in things."

"people can be tardy in things."

"places can be tardy in things."

"laws can be tardy in reactings."

"cars can be tardy in manoeuvers."

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Mid 16th century: from French tardif, -ive, from Latin tardus ‘slow’.