See also: Tardy
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtɑːdi/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtɑɹdi/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)di
- Late; overdue or delayed.
- He yawned, then raised a tardy hand over his mouth.
- c. 1596–1599 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- When everything is ended, then you come. / These tardy tricks of yours will, on my life, / One time or other break some gallows’ back.
- Moving with a slow pace or motion; not swift.
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene i]:
- […] fashions in proud Italy, / Whose manners still our tardy apish nation / Limps after in base imitation.
- 1709, Mat[thew] Prior, “Carmen Seculare, For the Year 1700. To the King”, in Poems on Several Occasions, 2nd edition, London: […] Jacob Tonson […], →OCLC, page 151:
- In various Views she tries her constant Theme; / Finds him, in Councils, and in Arms, the same: / When certain to o’ercome, inclin’d to save; / Tardy to Vengeance; and with Mercy brave.
- 1838 March – 1839 October, Charles Dickens, “Chronicles the further Proceedings of the Nickleby Family, and the Sequel of the Adventure of the Gentleman in the Small-clothes”, in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1839, →OCLC:
- […] a disease which medicine never cured, wealth never warded off, or poverty could boast exemption from; which sometimes moves in giant strides, and sometimes at a tardy sluggish pace, but, slow or quick, is ever sure and certain.
- Ineffectual; slow-witted, slow to act, or dull.
- His tardy performance bordered on incompetence.
- (obsolete) Unwary; unready (especially in the phrase take (someone) tardy).
- 1662, [Samuel Butler], “[The First Part of Hudibras]”, in Hudibras. The First and Second Parts. […], London: […] John Martyn and Henry Herringman, […], published 1678; republished in A[lfred] R[ayney] Waller, editor, Hudibras: Written in the Time of the Late Wars, Cambridge: University Press, 1905, →OCLC, canto III, page 104:
- Yield, Scoundrel base (quoth she) or die; / Thy life is mine, and liberty. / But if thou think’st I took thee tardy, / And dar’st presume to be so hardy, / To try thy fortune o’re afresh, / I’le wave my title to thy flesh,
- (obsolete) Criminal; guilty.
- 1697, Jeremy Collier, Essays upon Several Moral Subjects:
- And the Franks served the Men much the same ſauce when they found them tardy, and made them run their Heats through the Streets
Usage notes edit
- The term suggests habitual lateness.
- Somewhat dated in the United Kingdom.
Derived terms edit
later in relation to the proper time
ineffectual; slow witted, slow to act, or dull
tardy (plural tardies)
- (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.
- (US) An instance of a student's being marked as tardy by a teacher on the teacher's attendance sheet.