Definitions for behindbɪˈhaɪnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. at or toward the rear of:

    behind the house.

  2. later than; after:

    behind schedule.

  3. in the state of making less progress than:

    fell behind the competition.

  4. on the farther side of; beyond:

    behind the mountain.

  5. in a role of originating or supporting:

    Who's behind this program?

  6. hidden or not revealed by:

    Malice lay behind her smile.

  7. as a cause or latent feature of:

    Fear lay behind their anger.

  8. at the controls of:

    behind the wheel of a car.

  9. (adv.)at or toward the rear.

  10. in a place or stage already passed.

  11. in arrears:

    to be behind in one's rent.

  12. slow; late:

    We're running an hour behind.

  13. in a situation existing afterward:

    left behind a large family.

  14. Archaic. in reserve; to come.

  15. (adj.)following:

    the one behind.

  16. (n.)Informal. the buttocks.

    Category: Informal

Origin of behind:

bef. 900; ME behinde(n), OE behindan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass(adj)

    the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

  2. behind(p)(adverb)

    having the lower score or lagging position in a contest

    "behind by two points"; "the 8th inning found the home team trailing"

  3. behind(adverb)

    in or to or toward the rear

    "he followed behind"; "seen from behind, the house is more imposing than it is from the front"; "the final runners were far behind"

  4. behind(adverb)

    remaining in a place or condition that has been left or departed from

    "when he died he left much unfinished work behind"; "left a large family behind"; "the children left their books behind"; "he took off with a squeal of tires and left the other cars far behind"

  5. behind, slow(adverb)

    of timepieces

    "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind"

  6. behind(adverb)

    in or into an inferior position

    "fell behind in his studies"; "their business was lagging behind in the competition for customers"

  7. behind, behindhand, in arrears(adverb)

    in debt

    "he fell behind with his mortgage payments"; "a month behind in the rent"; "a company that has been run behindhand for years"; "in arrears with their utility bills"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. behind(preposition)ɪˈhaɪnd

    ≠ in front of

    I found it behind the sofa.

  2. behindɪˈhaɪnd

    directly behind

    the car right behind me

  3. behindɪˈhaɪnd

    progressing more slowly, or being less advanced

    students who are behind the rest of the class; two points behind the other team

  4. behindɪˈhaɪnd

    progressing more slowly than expected

    two months behind schedule

  5. behindɪˈhaɪnd

    responsible for sth

    the person behind the idea

  6. behindɪˈhaɪnd

    supporting and encouraging

    We're behind you, whatever you decide.

  7. behindɪˈhaɪnd

    when sb is not there to hear

    He's been criticizing me behind my back.

  8. behindɪˈhaɪnd

    not modern

    an education system that is behind the times

  9. behind(adverb)ɪˈhaɪnd

    ≠ in front

    to walk along behind; They hit me from behind.

  10. behindɪˈhaɪnd

    where sth was previously

    Mary left the camera behind.

  11. behindɪˈhaɪnd

    late or slow in making progress

    I'm behind with my rent.; kids falling behind in school


  1. behind(Noun)

    the rear, back-end

  2. behind(Noun)

    bottom, downside

  3. behind(Noun)

    butt, the buttocks

  4. behind(Noun)

    A 1 point score.

    1880: A roar from ten thousand throats go up,For we've kicked another behind. uE000125107uE001 "The Opening Ball" in Comic Australian Verse, ed. G. Lehmann, 1975. Quoted in G. A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, second edition, 1985, Sydney University Press, ISBN 0-424-00113-6.

  5. behind(Noun)

    an 1800s baseball term meaning the catcher

  6. behind(Adverb)

    At the back part; in the rear.

  7. behind(Adverb)

    Toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind.

  8. behind(Adverb)

    Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.

  9. behind(Adverb)

    Backward in time or order of succession; past.

  10. behind(Adverb)

    After the departure of another; as, to stay behind.

  11. behind(Preposition)

    at the back of

  12. behind(Preposition)

    to the back of

  13. behind(Preposition)

    after, time- or motion-wise

  14. behind(Preposition)

    responsible for

  15. behind(Preposition)

    in support of

    The republicans are fully behind their candidate.

  16. Origin: From behindan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Behind(adj)

    on the side opposite the front or nearest part; on the back side of; at the back of; on the other side of; as, behind a door; behind a hill

  2. Behind(adj)

    left after the departure of, whether this be by removing to a distance or by death

  3. Behind(adj)

    left a distance by, in progress of improvement Hence: Inferior to in dignity, rank, knowledge, or excellence, or in any achievement

  4. Behind(adverb)

    at the back part; in the rear

  5. Behind(adverb)

    toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind

  6. Behind(adverb)

    not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining

  7. Behind(adverb)

    backward in time or order of succession; past

  8. Behind(adverb)

    after the departure of another; as, to stay behind

  9. Behind(noun)

    the backside; the rump

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behind' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #451

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behind' in Written Corpus Frequency: #684

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behind' in Adverbs Frequency: #227

Translations for behind

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


at the back

following behind.

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