In arrear
Arrear Ar*rear", n. That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due; esp. a remainder, or balance which remains due when some part has been paid; arrearage; -- commonly used in the plural, as, arrears of rent, wages, or taxes. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

For much I dread due payment by the Greeks Of yesterday's arrear. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

I have a large arrear of letters to write. --J. D. Forbes. [1913 Webster]

{In arrear} or {In arrears}, behind; backward; behindhand; in debt. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • in arrears (also chiefly Law in arrear) — 1》 behind with paying money that is owed.     ↘(of wages or rent) paid at the end of each period of work or occupation. 2》 (of a competitor in a race) falling behind others. → be arrayed in …   English new terms dictionary

  • arrear — ar·rear /ə rir/ n 1 a: the condition of being behind in one s duties or esp. financial obligations usu. used in pl. in arrear s with the rent b: the condition of being due at the end of a term rather than the beginning usu. used in pl. mortgage… …   Law dictionary

  • Arrear — Ar*rear , n. That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due; esp. a remainder, or balance which remains due when some part has been paid; arrearage; commonly used in the plural, as, arrears of rent, wages, or taxes. Locke.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In arrears — Arrear Ar*rear , n. That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though due; esp. a remainder, or balance which remains due when some part has been paid; arrearage; commonly used in the plural, as, arrears of rent, wages, or taxes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arrear — /əˈrɪə/ (say uh rear) noun 1. (usually plural) the state of being behindhand. 2. (usually plural) that which is behind in payment; a debt which remains unpaid, though due. –phrase 3. in arrear(s), after the time or period concerned: we re three… …   Australian English dictionary

  • in short supply — Synonyms and related words: arrested, at a premium, callow, defective, deficient, embryonic, failing, hypoplastic, immature, in arrear, in arrears, in default, inadequate, incomplete, infant, lacking, missing, needing, out of print, out of season …   Moby Thesaurus

  • arrear — c.1300, at a disadvantage; mid 14c., in times past; late 14c., in or to the rear; see ARREARS (Cf. arrears). Meaning behind in duties or payments is from 1620s …   Etymology dictionary

  • Arrear — Ar*rear , adv. [OE. arere, OF. arere, ariere, F. arri[ e]re, fr. L. ad + retro backward. See {Rear}.] To or in the rear; behind; backwards. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arrear — əˈri(ə)r, iə also aˈ noun ( s) Etymology: obsolete arrear, adverb, behindhand, from Middle English arrere behind, backward, from Middle French, from Old French ariere, arriere, arrere, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin ad retro backward, from Latin ad… …   Useful english dictionary

  • arrear — /euh rear /, n. 1. Usually, arrears. the state of being behind or late, esp. in the fulfillment of a duty, promise, obligation, or the like. 2. Often, arrears. something overdue in payment; a debt that remains unpaid. [1300 50; n. use of arrear… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”