KANJI: GO KOU ushiro (behind, back, after, back, delay)

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Character Etymology:

The radical at left represents road/movement while the radical at right is a compound of the inversion of the radical for foot and the short version of thread. The inverted foot signifies abnormal movement while the short version of thread acts phonectically to express the sound "go" but also lends its meaning of little: thus, to make (abnormally) little progress, indicating delay and by extension coming after/behind.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: GO KOU
kun-yomi: nochi ushi(ro) ushiro ato oku(reru)

Nanori Readings:

Nanori: koshi shi shii shiri

English Definitions:

  1. GO, KOU: back, rear, behind.
  2. ato: back, rear, behind; results; remainder, sequel; posterity; successor; survivor; effect, influence; estate.
  3. ato no: back, rear, posterior; previous, last; later, subsequent; next, following; future.
  4. ato ni: after, behind, back, backward; ago, next.
  5. oku(rasu), oku(raseru): retard, delay, defer.
  6. oku(re): failure, defeat; backwardness, shyness, fear.
  7. oku(reru): be late, be delayed, be overdue; lag behind; (clocks) lose.
  8. ushi(ro): back, read, behind.
  9. ushiro(metai): underhanded, suspicious.
  10. nochi: after, since then; future; after one's death.
  11. -go: after, afterwards, later on, since, hence.

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 1742
Henshall: 111

Unicode Encoded Version:

Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

(kouhan): second half.
(atoaji): aftertaste.
(kouki): postscript.


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A lesser scoring goal in Winchester College football. A behind only scores one point as apposed to three for a goal. When a behind is scored the scorer's name is not recorded, as it is not judged to be his alone. Behinds usually result from sloppy, slow play where there is a struggle near the line.

A behind is scored if:

  • The ball goes over worms whilst in ropes
  • The ball goes off an opposing player before crossing the line.
  • The ball is driven over worms in the hot.

Incidentally, or perhaps not there is also a behind in Australian Rules football, which scores one point to a goal's six. This is scored by getting the ball in between two posts that are further out from the main goalposts.

Be*hind" (?), prep. [AS. behindan; pref. be- + hindan. See Hind, a.]


On the side opposite the front or nearest part; on the back side of; at the back of; on the other side of; as, behind a door; behind a hill.

A tall Brabanter, behind whom I stood. Bp. Hall.


Left after the departure of, whether this be by removing to a distance or by death.

A small part of what he left behind him. Pope.


Left a distance by, in progress of improvement Hence: Inferior to in dignity, rank, knowledge, or excellence, or in any achievement.

I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 2 Cor. xi. 5.


© Webster 1913.

Be*hind", adv.


At the back part; in the rear.

"I shall not lag behind."



Toward the back part or rear; backward; as, to look behind.


Not yet brought forward, produced, or exhibited to view; out of sight; remaining.

We can not be sure that there is no evidence behind. Locke.


Backward in time or order of succession; past.

Forgetting those things which are behind. Phil. ii. 13.


After the departure of another; as, to stay behind.

Leave not a rack behind. Shak.


© Webster 1913.

Be*hind", n.

The backside; the rump.



© Webster 1913.

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