Definition of behindhand in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈhīn(d)ˌhand/


1Late or slow in doing something, especially paying a debt: the Yoruba have not been behindhand in economic activity
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  • There are certain days on which one feels oneself particularly wide of the mark; behindhand; in debt; showing a deficit.
  • But, time and tide having waited impatiently in the wings, occasionally shaking their watches, I had really better get on and do some work before my next happy hour of the day finds me seriously behindhand.
  • Because I'm behindhand on the particular thing in question I've thought of just letting it go.
1.1 archaic Unaware of recent events: you are miserably behindhand—Mr. Cole gave me a hint of it six weeks ago


Mid 16th century: from behind + hand, on the pattern of beforehand.

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Syllabification: be·hind·hand

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