Synonyms for lateness


Antonyms for lateness

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She was evidently engaged, despite the lateness of the hour, in mixing bread.

He at once arose to go, apologizing for the lateness of his visit.

Mrs. McVeigh counted the strokes and exclaimed at the lateness.

Policemen watched me, but the lateness of the hour made no difference to me.

The lateness of the season intensified the deserted look of rural France.

Here there was some grumbling at my lateness and wondering as to the cause of it.

The lateness of the hour did not incline Tom to hurry on his journey homeward.

Forgetting the lateness of the hour, she started in a mad whirl about the room.

The incongruity of its position is to be referred to the lateness of its delivery.

This we could not do because of the lateness of our arrival.


Old English læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from Proto-Germanic *lata- (cf. Old Norse latr "sluggish, lazy," Middle Dutch, Old Saxon lat, German laß "idle, weary," Gothic lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Greek ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see let (v.)).

The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from Old English late.