adverb, adjective

  1. late; tardy.
  2. behind in progress; backward: They were never behindhand in following artistic fads.
  3. in debt or arrears.

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

  1. remiss in fulfilling an obligation
  2. in debt; in arrears
  3. delayed in development; backward
  4. late; behind time
adv., adj.

1520s, from behind + -hand, probably on model of beforehand.

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