Meaning of behindhand in English:


Pronunciation /bɪˈhʌɪndhand/

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  • 1Late or slow in doing something.

    ‘the Yoruba have not been behindhand in economic activity’
    • ‘There are certain days on which one feels oneself particularly wide of the mark; behindhand; in debt; showing a deficit.’
    • ‘But, time and tide having waited impatiently in the wings, occasionally shaking their watches, I had really better get on and do some work before my next happy hour of the day finds me seriously behindhand.’
    • ‘Because I'm behindhand on the particular thing in question I've thought of just letting it go.’
    • ‘But instead of waving a baton he turns a beam of rosy light upon any region that is running ahead of the rest, and a beam of blue light upon those who are behindhand.’
    • ‘Everything is behindhand for the opening ceremonies of Thursday, but as they are not the important ones, little annoyance is expressed.’
    • ‘May the whole Buddhist world be not behindhand in following this noble example.’
    • ‘To our credit the British were not behindhand in promoting music.’
    behind, behind schedule, behind time, delayed
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    1. 1.1 archaic Unaware of recent events.
      • ‘you are miserably behindhand—Mr Cole gave me a hint of it six weeks ago’


Mid 16th century from behind+ hand, on the pattern of beforehand.