1. the buttocks, the posterior.
|Like Will to Like 6: Dost thou not remember, since thou didst bruise me behind?|
|Gammer Gurton’s Needle in (1997) II iv: I would thou hadst kiss’d me I wot where! (she meant I know behind).|
|Well met Gossip B2: All his haires haue got the falling sicknesse, Whose fore-front lookes like Iack-an Apes behinde.|
|Witch of Edmonton IV i: Run to the Cow, and taking up her tail, kiss (saving your Worship’s Reverence) my Cow behinde.|
|‘The Fart’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) III 185: How the Nymphs in the days of Yore, / Who were cleanly inclin’d, / Us’d a Cork for behind, / And a Spung for the Cranny before.|
|Lounger 54 17: Two young Ladies [...] with new Hats on their heads, new Bosoms, and new behinds in a band-box [F&H].|
|in Sat. Rev. (London) 8 Feb. n.p.: Go and do my bidding – tell him he lies, and kick his behind in my name [F&H].|
|Yellowplush Papers in Works III (1898) 242: I felt somethink (I think it was the tip of his toe) touching me behind.|
|It Is Never Too Late to Mend III 150: Give them a kick a-piece on their behinds.|
|Ulysses 693: I wonder was he satisfied with the one thing I didn’t like his slapping me behind going away so familiarly in the hall.|
|Brave New World (1955) 44: He patted me on the behind this afternoon.|
|Tell My Horse (1995) 319: So Frog don’t learn how to make him behind stick out like other animals.|
|Body in the Library (1959) 19: Wants his behind kicked!|
|(con. 1910s) Pedlocks (1971) 234: Shoot me! Can I help it if I love an upholstered behind?|
|(con. c.1920) My Grandmothers and I (1987) 107: ‘Off to act in the the-ayter on the Sabbath?’ chaffed the conductor, slapping my behind.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 125: My eyes followed a fast-moving behind going up the stoop across the street.|
|Hot to Trot 173: Baboons are funny [...] Look at their red behinds, Daddy.|
|Revolting Rhymes n.p.: And now she plonks her fat behind / Upon this dainty precious chair.|
|Village Voice (N.Y.) 29 Oct. n.p.: Now you will either get your behind over or you will get your behind out.|
|(con. 1950s) Never a Normal Man 135: I’ll have you know that my behind has been much admired and much sought after.|
|Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) H87: He got a couple of big bruises on his thighs, and another on his behind.|
|Pigeon English 28: Miquita doesn’t want you to come in. You keep pinching her behind.|
2. used anthropomorphically, the back of an object, e.g. a car, a bus.
|One Lonely Night 76: A Black Buick sedan with no back window and a few bullets in its behind.|
a large dress-pannier, fashionably affixed to a lady’s dress c.1888.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
see ass-kicking n.
|Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 67/1: since ca. 1930.|
|Layer Cake 43: You’re not a homosexual, are you? [...] Not behind with the rent?|
to be arrogant or to show complete indecision or bewilderment.
|Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 14: He doesn’t know where his behind hangs. Said of an insufferably proud man.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 1387: [...] since early C.20.|
(US black) to hit or slap someone on the buttocks.
|Drylongso 113: If that had been my kid [...] I would have warmed his behind for doing that.|