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[bih-hahynd-hand] /bɪˈhaɪndˌhænd/
adverb, adjective
late; tardy.
behind in progress; backward:
They were never behindhand in following artistic fads.
in debt or arrears.
Origin of behindhand
First recorded in 1520-30; behind + hand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Providence soon frowned on me again, and I got behindhand, as usual.

  • We have our pope of fools at Ghent also; we're not behindhand in that, cross of God!

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • The Christian fleet was slower in falling into line; some of the galleys and most of the galleasses were behindhand.

  • Then the Englishmen, not to be behindhand in the fray, came to the rescue.

  • Sonya was finishing dressing and so was the countess, but Natasha, who had bustled about helping them all, was behindhand.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • “No more did the Tallingtons,” said Tom, plucking up, so as not to be behindhand.

    Dick o' the Fens George Manville Fenn
  • Nor was Philip behindhand in helping his comrades and in joining in the attack.

    On the Road to Bagdad F. S. Brereton
  • Britain had got behindhand both with her commerce and with her naval programme.

    Albert Ballin Bernhard Huldermann
  • Seeing this, the captain of the Elizabeth, not to be behindhand, did the same.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • The two despots of the Morea were not behindhand in this respect.

British Dictionary definitions for behindhand


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
remiss in fulfilling an obligation
in debt; in arrears
delayed in development; backward
late; behind time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for behindhand
adv., adj.

1520s, from behind + -hand, probably on model of beforehand.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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