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tardy Line breaks: tardy
Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːdi/

Definition of tardy in English:

adjective (tardier, tardiest)

1Delaying or delayed beyond the right or expected time; late: please forgive this tardy reply
More example sentences
  • Thanks for the email and sorry about tardy reply, just out of five weeks in Afghanistan where I'd no access to this email address.
  • On one trip in Africa, a tardy photographer was left behind and had to catch us up in the next country.
  • But he was very tardy and unorganized, throwing off my schedule considerably…
1.1Slow in action or response; sluggish: this makes the car feel tardy in quick manoeuvres
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It has been a long time coming and since AMD began its head-to-head battle with Intel's Athlon processor two years ago, this response is very tardy.


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



Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːdɪli/
Example sentences
  • And bringing them to account, however tardily, is a way of measuring how different America and the South are now.
  • True, many of these fund managers are reacting tardily to an October rally they did not believe in and to a November bull continuation they do not trust.
  • In this instance, Australia, albeit tardily, was prepared to risk the ire of terrorists to do the right thing.

Words that rhyme with tardy

cadi, cardy, Guardi, Hardie, hardy, lardy, Mahdi, mardy, Saadi, samadhi, Yardie

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