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Synonyms for tardy
ˈtɑr ditardy

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  1. tardyadjective

    belated, delayed

  2. tardyadjective

    Late; overdue or delayed.

    He yawned, then raised a tardy hand over his mouth.

    belated, delayed

  3. tardyadjective

    ineffectual; slow witted, slow to act, or dullard

    His tardy performance bordered on incompetence.

    delayed, belated

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tardy

    Slow signifies moving through a relatively short distance, or with a relatively small number of motions in a given time; slow also applies to that which is a relatively long while in beginning or accomplishing something; a watch or a clock is said to be slow when its indications are behind those of the standard time. Tardy is applied to that which is behind the proper or desired time, especially in doing a work or arriving at a place. Deliberate and dilatory are used of persons, tho the latter may be used also of things, as of a stream; a person is deliberate who takes a noticeably long time to consider and decide before acting or who acts or speaks as if he were deliberating at every point; a person is dilatory who lays aside, or puts off as long as possible, necessary or required action; both words may be applied either to undertaking or to doing. Gradual (Latin gradus, a step) signifies advancing by steps, and refers to slow but regular and sure progression. Slack refers to action that seems to indicate a lack of tension, as of muscle or of will, sluggish to action that seems as if reluctant to advance.

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    dawdling, delaying, deliberate, dilatory, drowsy, dull, gradual, inactive, inert, lingering, moderate, procrastinating, slack, slow, sluggish

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tardy

    slow, sluggish, dilatory, behindhand, backward, reluctant, loitering, late

    quick, rapid, alert, active, prompt, willing, eager, early

Princeton's WordNet

  1. belated, late, tardyadjective

    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"

    former(a), belated, late(a), recent, later(a), late, previous(a)


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tardyadjective

    slow, snail-like, sluggish, not swift

  2. tardyadjective

    dilatory, slack, late, behindhand, procrastinating, not prompt

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tardyadjective

    slow, sluggish, dilatory, reluctant, behindhand, late

    punctual, prompt

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "tardy":

    late, belated

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  1. Christian Carino:

    I'm aware of him being tardy but he's been tardy on everything his entire life, i think it's troublesome to everybody, but everyone has learned how to produce a film to deal with it.

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