A house behind some trees.
- The definition of behind means in back, toward the rear, in a former place or late.
- An example of behind is a car following another; following behind.
- An example of behind is a student sitting in the last row of a class room; sitting behind the class.
- An example of behind is leaving something is a place that you have already left; leaving your coat behind.
- An example of behind is a late mortgage payment; being behind in a mortgage payment.
- Behind means the buttocks.
An example of a behind is the rear end.
- Behind is the back of something or later than.
- An example of behind is when the chair was placed in the back of the woman; the chair was behind her.
- An example of behind is when the train arrives an hour late; the train is behind schedule.
- in or to the rear or back: to walk behind, to look behind
- at an earlier time; in the past: my joy lies behind
- in a former place, condition, etc.: the girl he left behind
- in or into a retarded state: to drop behind in one's studies
- in or into arrears: to fall behind in one's dues
- slow in time; late: the train was running behind
- Archaic in reserve; yet to come
Origin of behindMiddle English bihinden from Old English behindan: see be- and hind
- remaining after: the dead leave their wealth behind them
- in the rear of; in back of: he sat behind me
- following at the rear of
- inferior to in position, achievement, etc.
- later than; delayed with respect to: to be behind schedule
- on the other or farther side of; beyond: behind the hill
- gone by or ended for; out of the attention or concern of: his apprenticeship was behind him
- supporting: fans solidly behind their team
- prompting or instigating: the mastermind behind the plot
- hidden by; not yet revealed about: there's something behind this news
- in the circumstances surrounding or antecedent to
- In, to, or toward the rear: We walked behind.
- In a place or condition that has been passed or left: I left my gloves behind.
- In arrears; late: I fell behind in my payments.
- Below the standard level; in or into an inferior position: Don't fall behind in class.
- Slow: My watch is running behind.
- Archaic Yet to come or in reserve: “the expectation of some new possession, or of some enjoyment yet behind” ( Samuel Johnson )
- At the back of or in the rear of: He sat behind her.
- On the farther side or other side of; beyond: The broom is behind the door.
- In a place or time that has been passed or left by: Their worries are behind them.
- a. Later than: The plane was behind schedule.b. Used to indicate deficiency in performance: behind us in technological development.
- a. Hidden or concealed by: hatred hidden behind a bland smile.b. In the background of; underlying: Behind your every action is self-interest.
- In a position or attitude of support: The leaders have the army behind them.
- In pursuit of: The police were hard behind the escapees.
Origin of behindMiddle English bihinde from Old English behindan ; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more behind, superlative most behind)
- At the back part; in the rear.
- Toward the back part or rear; backward.
- to look behind
- Overdue, in arrears.
- My employer is two paychecks behind on paying my salary.
- I'm two weeks behind in my schedule.
- Slow; of a watch or clock.
- My watch is four minutes behind.
- existing afterwards
- He left behind a legacy of death and sorrow.
- He stayed behind after the war.
- Backward in time or order of succession; past.
- Behind the scenes in a theatre; backstage.
- (archaic) Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.
For usage in phrasal verbs.
From Old English behindan.