a) Late; overdue or delayed.

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

b) ineffectual; slow witted, slow to act, or dullard

His tardy performance bordered on incompetence.

Syn: belated, long-delayed
2. noun
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.

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