Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in arrears.
  • adj. Being behind time; slow. See Synonyms at tardy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. late, tardy, overdue
  • adj. in debt, or in arrears
  • adv. belatedly, tardily
  • adv. in debt, or in arrears

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in debt
  • adj. behind schedule

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Examples

  • 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.

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  • I may be more than a bit behindhand with balancing bank statements, but the knitting archives are up-to-date.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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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