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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: tardif 'tardy' (15-16 centuries), from Old French, from Vulgar Latin tardivus, from Latin tardus 'late'

tardy

adjective
     
tar‧dy formal
1 arriving or done late:
Do please forgive this tardy reply.
He's been tardy three times this semester.
2 doing something too slowly or late
tardy in
people who are tardy in paying their bills
tardily adverb
tardiness noun [uncountable]

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