V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: later than expected

Synonyms: late, delayed, postponed, belated

Antonyms: punctual, timely, early

Tips: Tardy (a term most students are aware of) comes from the Latin word tardus, meaning "slow, sluggish." The meaning of lateness probably came about because those who are slow and sluggish usually arrive late. In fact, tardy can also be used to describe somebody who is slow or sluggish, but this usage is not very common.

Usage Examples:

He's been tardy to my class so many times, I finally had to give him detention. (late)

Make sure you're not tardy to the SAT exam because you won't be allowed in once the test has begun. (late, belated)

There is no excuse for being consistently tardy to every class. (late, belated)

When our usually punctual professor was tardy, we wondered what was keeping him. (late, delayed)

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