Definitions of behind

  1. of timepieces; " the clock is almost an hour slow"; " my watch is running behind"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. in or into an inferior position; " fell behind in his studies"; " their business was lagging behind in the competition for customers"
  6. having the lower score or lagging position in a contest; " behind by two points"; " the 8th inning found the home team trailing"
  7. 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.
  8. Left after the departure of, whether this be by removing to a distance or by death.
  9. Left a distance by, in progress of improvement Hence: Inferior to in dignity, rank, knowledge, or excellence, or in any achievement.
  10. At the back part; in the rear.
  11. Toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind.
  12. Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.
  13. After the departure of another; as, to stay behind.
  14. The backside; the rump.
  15. At the back of; on the other side of; remaining after; inferior to.
  16. At the back; in the rear; toward the back; out of sight; past in point of time; in arrears.
  17. At the back of: after or coming after: inferior to.
  18. At the back of; in the rear.
  19. In, toward, or at the rear; backward; in reserve; behindhand.
  20. At the back of; on the other side of; inferior to.
  21. At the back or in the rear; backwards; held back; out of sight; remaining; past in time.
  22. At the back of; after; inferior to. Behind the back, out of notice or regard. Behind one's back, when not present.
  23. In the rear of.
  24. At the back of; after.
  25. Remaining; at a distance; out of view.

Usage examples for behind

  1. He looked all round him and also behind. – The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  2. They didn't know I was behind 'em, and I kept still as I could so's I could hear what they said. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  3. It seemed to Connor that there was a smile behind this. – The Garden of Eden by Max Brand
  4. He did not play, but he sat behind them. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  5. It's behind us- and behind us let it stay." – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
  6. I am rather ashamed to say we call her that behind her back. – Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College by Jessie Graham Flower
  7. It was Miss Wangle's voice behind her. – Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins
  8. Mr. Palliser, who was behind her, could not see them at all. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  9. Will you stand behind me? – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  10. Nothing was behind her. – The Kempton-Wace Letters by Jack London Anna Strunsky
  11. How far were they behind you? – The Master Mummer by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  12. I shall have to look out, or I shall be left behind." – Eunice by Margaret Murray Robertson
  13. Two more were close behind. – One-Way Ticket to Nowhere by Leroy Yerxa
  14. I want to see behind it all, into the meaning of it all, if I can. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  15. His wife looked behind her, and died immediately; but he would not so much as look behind him to see her. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  16. Suddenly he heard a voice behind him: " What does this mean?" – 100%: The Story of a Patriot by Upton Sinclair
  17. " He wouldn't have left this behind. – On the Frontier by Bret Harte
  18. Come on, he cried, spurring forward, Red close behind him. – Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford
  19. They're the rotters that take you off behind your back. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  20. Pulin, however, lingered behind. – Tales of Bengal by S. B. Banerjea