1520s, from behind + -hand, most likely on style of first.
- behind routine
- In arrears financially; in circumstances where expenses have actually exceeded the bill of funds.
- In circumstances of backwardness, according as to what is seasonable or proper, or about what need to have been achieved; perhaps not equally forward with other person or thing; dilatory; backwards; late; tardy; as, behindhand in studies or perhaps in work.
(adv. & a.) In arrears economically; in a state where expenses have actually exceeded the receipt of funds.
- (adv. & a.) In a state of backwardness, according from what is seasonable or proper, or as to what must have already been carried out; not equally forward with some other individual or thing; dilatory; backwards; belated; tardy; because, behindhand in researches or in work.
This town is said to have the largest houses for oxen, cows, and horses hereabouts, and it is not behindhand in its public buildings; but there are very few halls for free worship or free speech in this county.