Meaning of BEHIND in English



Pronunciation: bi- ' h ī nd, b ē -

Function: adverb or adjective

Etymology: Middle English behinde, from Old English behindan, from be- + hindan from behind; akin to Old English hinder behind ― more at HIND

Date: before 12th century

1 a : in the place or situation that is being or has been departed from <stay behind > b : in, to, or toward the back <look behind > <came from behind > c : later in time <can spring be far behind >

2 a : in a secondary or inferior position b : in arrears < behind in the rent> c : SLOW

3 archaic : still to come

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