Definition of Behind

1. Adverb. In or to or toward the rear. "The final runners were far behind"

2. Adjective. Having the lower score or lagging position in a contest. "The 8th inning found the home team trailing"

Similar to: Down

3. Noun. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on. "Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
Exact synonyms: Arse, Ass, Backside, Bottom, Bum, Buns, Butt, Buttocks, Can, Derriere, Fanny, Fundament, Hind End, Hindquarters, Keister, Nates, Posterior, Prat, Rear, Rear End, Rump, Seat, Stern, Tail, Tail End, Tooshie, Tush
Generic synonyms: Body Part
Group relationships: Body, Torso, Trunk
Derivative terms: Posterior

4. Adverb. Remaining in a place or condition that has been left or departed from. "He took off with a squeal of tires and left the other cars far behind"

5. Adverb. Of timepieces. "My watch is running behind"
Exact synonyms: Slow

6. Adverb. In or into an inferior position. "Their business was lagging behind in the competition for customers"

7. Adverb. In debt. "In arrears with their utility bills"
Exact synonyms: Behindhand, In Arrears

Definition of Behind

1. prep. On the side opposite the front or nearest part; on the back side of; at the back of; on the other side of; as, behind a door; behind a hill.

2. adv. At the back part; in the rear.

3. n. The backside; the rump.

Definition of Behind

1. Preposition. at the back of ¹

2. Preposition. to the back of ¹

3. Preposition. after, time- or motion-wise ¹

4. Preposition. responsible for ¹

5. Preposition. in support of ¹

6. Adverb. At the back part; in the rear. ¹

7. Adverb. Toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind. ¹

8. Adverb. Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining. ¹

9. Adverb. Backward in time or order of succession; past. ¹

10. Adverb. After the departure of another; as, to stay behind. ¹

11. Noun. the rear, back-end ¹

12. Noun. bottom, downside ¹

13. Noun. butt, the buttocks ¹

14. Noun. (Australian rules football) A 1 point score. ¹

15. Noun. (baseball) (slang) an 1800s baseball term meaning the catcher ¹

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Definition of Behind

1. the buttocks [n -S] - See also: buttocks

Lexicographical Neighbors of Behind

behenic acid
behind (current term)
behind bars
behind closed doors
behind in the count
behind its time
behind someone's back
behind the 8-ball
behind the arc
behind the bit
behind the counter
behind the curve
behind the eight-ball
behind the eight ball

Literary usage of Behind

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books by John Milton (1750)
"... and pill'ar of fire, By day a cloud, by night a pill'ar of fire, To guide them in their journey, and remove behind them, while th' obdurate king ..."

2. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Near as a horse before a wheel, who draws 620 His master at full stretch across a plain, Brushing the tire behind, so near he runs, With narrow space ..."

3. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894)
"... again and again she struck, and WITH* RIKKI-TIKKI eacn time her head came with a whack behind HER. ... Then Rikki-tikki danced in a circle to get behind ..."

4. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"... that you left behind you no more euch ships in your dorks, nor so fine a body of heavy-armed troops; and (hat if any thing else befall you but victory, ..."

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