late; tardy.
behind in progress; backward:
They were never behindhand in following artistic fads.
in debt or arrears.
Historical Examples

The Wonders of Prayer Various
Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
The Story of the Barbary Corsairs Stanley Lane-Poole
South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6) Louis Creswicke
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Dick o’ the Fens George Manville Fenn
On the Road to Bagdad F. S. Brereton
Albert Ballin Bernhard Huldermann
Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay Lord Eversley

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
remiss in fulfilling an obligation
in debt; in arrears
delayed in development; backward
late; behind time
adv., adj.


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