American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being in arrears.
- adj. Being behind time; slow. See Synonyms at tardy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the rear; in a backward state; not sufficiently advanced; not equally advanced with some other person or thing: as, behindhand in studies or work.
- Late; delayed beyond the proper time; behind the time set or expected.
- In a state in which expenditure has gone beyond income; in a state in which means are not adequate to the supply of wants; in arrear: as, to be behindhand in one's circumstances; you are behindhand with your payments.
- Underhand; secret; clandestine.
- adj. late, tardy, overdue
- adj. in debt, or in arrears
- adv. belatedly, tardily
- adv. in debt, or in arrears
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In arrears financially; in a state where expenditures have exceeded the receipt of funds.
- adv. In a state of backwardness, in respect to what is seasonable or appropriate, or as to what should have been accomplished; not equally forward with some other person or thing; dilatory; backward; late; tardy.
- adv. in debt
- adj. behind schedule
“These bare questions at once satisfied and silenced the greater number; some, however (like a few in England who are a century behindhand), thought that all such inquiries were useless and impious; and that it was quite sufficient that God had thus made the mountains.”
“I may be more than a bit behindhand with balancing bank statements, but the knitting archives are up-to-date.”
“It was very necessary he should see Mr. Vanderlip, because of the shameless one he would be all of a week behindhand in filling the contract.”
“I have been behindhand with book buying 'cause of moving house, but I will very soon! be buying Magic Under Glass, Guardian of the Dead, and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.”
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“The month of October had put us a good deal behindhand, but now we were making up the distance we had lost.”
“These bare questions at once satisfied and silenced the greater number; some, however like a few in England who are a century behindhand, thought that all such inquiries were useless and impious; and that it was quite sufficient that God had thus made the mountains.”
“I forget now where we were at noon on the second day, and where we ought to have been; but I know that we were scores of miles behindhand, and that our case was growing worse every hour.”
“The other old man was not behindhand with some moral reflections on this fruitful theme, and both adduced a mass of evidence, of such weight as to render it doubtful — not whether the deceased was of the age suggested, but whether she had not almost reached the patriarchal term of”
“If Oliver were behindhand in these respects, he knew where the best were to be found; and morning after morning they scoured the country together, and brought home the fairest that blossomed.”
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