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Meaning & Definition of Behind in English

English

Behind

/bɪhaɪnd/

noun

1. 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?"
    synonym:
  • 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
  • ,
  • ass

adjective

1. Having the lower score or lagging position in a contest

  • "Behind by two points"
  • "The 8th inning found the home team trailing"
    synonym:
  • behind(p)

adverb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • behind

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • behind

3. Of timepieces

  • "The clock is almost an hour slow"
  • "My watch is running behind"
    synonym:
  • behind
  • ,
  • slow

4. In or into an inferior position

  • "Fell behind in his studies"
  • "Their business was lagging behind in the competition for customers"
    synonym:
  • behind

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • behind
  • ,
  • behindhand
  • ,
  • in arrears

Examples of using

The details of the agreement were worked out behind the scenes.
"I guess you have to be a fool to dump Hermione..." - "Took you long enough... She's behind your back." - "What the hell?!"
Either she's really doing well, or she can hide everything behind her smile.