1. after the expected or usual time; delayed
- tardy children are sent to the principal
- always tardy in making dental appointments
Sentences with tardy as an adjective:
- He yawned, then raised a tardy hand over his mouth.
- His tardy performance bordered on incompetence.
1. (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.
1. (obsolete, transitive) To make tardy.