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adverb, adjective
  1. late; tardy.
  2. behind in progress; backward: They were never behindhand in following artistic fads.
  3. in debt or arrears.
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Origin of behindhand

First recorded in 1520–30; behind + hand
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Related Words for behindhand

slow, last-minute, sloppy, negligent, careless, lenient, indifferent, soft, vague, inattentive, lax, inadvertent, unpaid, tardy, delinquent, belated, outstanding, permissive, lackadaisical, stagnant

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Historical Examples of behindhand

  • The "Guerriere" was not behindhand in her preparations for action.

    The Naval History of the United States

    Willis J. Abbot.

  • An important contract had got behindhand and they were working overtime.

  • Of course, in this respect, we have not been behindhand either.

  • Seeing this, the captain of the Elizabeth, not to be behindhand, did the same.

    Across the Spanish Main

    Harry Collingwood

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

British Dictionary definitions for behindhand


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
  1. remiss in fulfilling an obligation
  2. in debt; in arrears
  3. delayed in development; backward
  4. 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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