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Tardy, adj. slow and behindhand in one's business, being too late, laggard: “is your t. master now at hand?” Err. II, 1, 44. “an you be so t., come no more in my sight,” As IV, 1, 51. “whose manners still our t. apish nation limps after,” R2 II, 1, 22 (being always in the rear, behindhand with others). “these t. tricks of yours will . . . break some gallows' back,” H4B IV, 3, 31. “some t. cripple bore the countermand,” R3 II, 1, 89. “be not ta'en t. by unwise delay,” IV, 1, 52. “you have ta'en a t. sluggard here,” V, 3, 225. “you're t.” H8 I, 4, 7. “the prince must think me t. and remiss,” Troil. IV, 4, 143. “however he puts on this t. form,” Caes. I, 2, 303 (the contrary to 'quick mettle', 300). “this overdone, or come t. off,” Hml. III, 2, 28 (cf. Come and Lag). “your t. son to chide,” III, 4, 106.
Adverbially: “too swift arrives as t. as too slow,” Rom. II, 6, 15 (and perhaps in Hml. III, 2, 28).*
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