English dictionary

behind meaning and definition


Definition of behind (noun)

  1. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

BEHIND adjective

Definition of behind (adjective)

  1. having the lower score or lagging position in a contest
    • "behind by two points"; "the 8th inning found the home team trailing"

BEHIND adverb

Definition of behind (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"
  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"
  3. of timepieces
    • "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind"
    • synonyms: slow
  4. in or into an inferior position
    • "fell behind in his studies"; "their business was lagging behind in the competition for customers"
  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"
    • synonyms: behindhand, in arrears
Source: Princeton University Wordnet