What does Behind mean?

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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, assadjective

    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. behindadverb

    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. behindadverb

    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, slowadverb

    of timepieces

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

  6. behindadverb

    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 arrearsadverb

    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"


  1. behindnoun

    the rear, back-end

  2. behindnoun

    bottom, downside

  3. behindnoun

    butt, the buttocks

  4. behindnoun

    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. behindnoun

    an 1800s baseball term meaning the catcher

  6. behindadverb

    At the back part; in the rear.

  7. behindadverb

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

  8. behindadverb

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

  9. behindadverb

    Backward in time or order of succession; past.

  10. behindadverb

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

  11. behindpreposition

    at the back of

  12. behindpreposition

    to the back of

  13. behindpreposition

    after, time- or motion-wise

  14. behindpreposition

    responsible for

  15. behindpreposition

    in support of

    The republicans are fully behind their candidate.

  16. Etymology: From behindan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Behindadverb

    We cannot be sure, that we have all the particulars before us; and that there is no evidence behind, and yet unseen, which may cast the probability on the other side. John Locke.

  2. Behindprep.

    Etymology: hindan, Saxon.

    Acomates hasted with two hundred harquebusiers, which he had caused his horsemen to take behind them upon their horses. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    She came in the press behind, and touched. Mark, v. 27.

    The Benjamites looked behind them. Judges, xx. 40.

    Her husband went with her, weeping behind her. 2 Sam. iii. 16.

    He left behind him, myself, and a sister, both born in one hour. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    Piety and virtue are not only delightful for the present, but they leave peace and contentment behind them. John Tillotson.

    What he gave me to publish, was but a small part of what he left behind him. Alexander Pope, Letters.

    Such is the swiftness of your mind,
    That, like the earth’s, it leaves our sense behind. Dryden.

    After the overthrow of this first house of God, a second was erected; but with so great odds, that they wept, which beheld how much this latter came behind it. Richard Hooker, b. 5. § 1.

    From light retir’d, behind his daughter’s bed,
    He, for approaching sleep, compos’d his head. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Behindadjective

    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. Behindadjective

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

  3. Behindadjective

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

  4. Behindadverb

    at the back part; in the rear

  5. Behindadverb

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

  6. Behindadverb

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

  7. Behindadverb

    backward in time or order of succession; past

  8. Behindadverb

    after the departure of another; as, to stay behind

  9. Behindnoun

    the backside; the rump

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Behind

    be-hīnd′, prep. at the back of (place, or as support): remaining after or coming after (time, rank, order): inferior to, or not so far advanced as.—adv. at the back, in the rear: backward: past.—adj. or adv. Behind′hand, being behind: tardy, or in arrears of debt, &c.: clandestine. [A.S. behindan; Ger. hinten. See Hind.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Behind in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Behind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Behind in a Sentence

  1. Dylan Wentland:

    Hes sat behind us for years with his dad. He was just having a good timeI go, Dude, whats wrong with you? What kind of role model are you for the kid?

  2. Rob Oliphant:

    There is absolutely no doubt that when Mr Harper is talking about citizenship, and attempting to get his base behind him, he is losing votes in those vulnerable newcomer communities that are worried.

  3. United States:

    I was leaving behind my mother, my family. But the words I always remember were those of my mother who told me one morning,' I prefer to see Mimi Tsankov far away than dead,'.

  4. Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

  5. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya:

    The invasion of Ukraine by the Belarusian army is a step with irreversible ramifications, it would be a shameful stain on relations with the Ukrainian people and would further isolate Belarus from the rest of the world, right up to the Iron Curtain, behind which Belarus would not be seen as an independent state, and life in the country would descend into poverty.

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    a vigorous blow
    • A. bash
    • B. accommodation
    • C. scrutiny
    • D. nuisance

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