AskDefine | Define tardy

Dictionary Definition

tardy adj : 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" [syn: belated, late] [also: tardiest, tardier]

User Contributed Dictionary



From tardif.



  1. Late; overdue or delayed.
    He yawned, then raised a tardy hand over his mouth.

Usage notes

  • There is a suggestion of habitual lateness about the use of the word tardy."
  • Somewhat dated.


Later in relation to the proper time


  1. 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.

See also

Extensive Definition

Tardy is a surname, and may refer to:
tardy in French: Tardy

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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