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bɪˈhaɪndbe·hind

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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"

Wiktionary

  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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Numerology

  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. Brett Thombs:

    If parents think their child is behind on some of their important milestones, this does n’t apply to those kids.

  2. Texas EquuSearch:

    I’m the fourth man he said got to be the one. All of us caused his daughter's death. Come on. [I want] this nightmare over and behind me!

  3. Mick Mulvaney:

    From time to time the President would say,' Can I keep this ?' But we had entire teams of people to make sure those documents didn't get left behind, didn't get taken up to the residence. He would use them. That was his right as the President of the United States.

  4. Adrian Lund:

    It's so hard to catch everybody, with this, we can stop them from driving in the first place, and we can catch a broader group of people who are getting behind the wheel because they think they're not impaired.

  5. Jesse Jackson:

    With the exception of Native Americans, Native Americans are the people who are most behind socially and economically in the United States and our needs are not moderate. A people far behind can not catch up choosing the most moderate path. The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That's why I choose to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders today, the Joe Biden campaign has not reached out to me or asked for my support.

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