• ineffectual; slow-witted, slow to act, or dullard.

    "His tardy performance bordered on incompetence."

  • (obsolete) Criminal; guilty.
  • Late; overdue or delayed.

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

  • (obsolete) Unwary; unready.
  • Moving with a slow pace or motion; not swift.


  • (US) 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."


  • (obsolete, transitive) To make tardy.

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