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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective, adverb (postpositive)

remiss in fulfilling an obligation
in debt; in arrears
delayed in development; backward
late; behind time
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Word Origin and History for behindhand
adv., adj.

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

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