from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To be or get in the way of.
  • transitive v. To obstruct or delay the progress of.
  • intransitive v. To interfere with action or progress.
  • adj. Variant of hind1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or belonging to that part or end which is in the rear or hind, or which follows.
  • adj. comparative form of hind: more hind
  • n. The buttocks.
  • v. To make difficult to accomplish; to frustrate, act as obstacle.
  • v. To keep back; to delay or impede.
  • v. To cause harm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or belonging to that part or end which is in the rear, or which follows
  • intransitive v. To interpose obstacles or impediments; to be a hindrance.
  • transitive v. To keep back or behind; to prevent from starting or moving forward; to check; to retard; to obstruct; to bring to a full stop; -- often followed by from
  • transitive v. To prevent or embarrass; to debar; to shut out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the rear; being or coming after; latter: same as hind, which is a modern form, now more common.
  • To go backward.
  • To hold or keep back; prevent from moving or proceeding; stop; interrupt; obstruct; check; impede; retard: as, to hinder one from entering; their march was hindered by fallen trees. It denotes either partial or complete obstruction, according to the context.
  • Synonyms To delay, oppose, prevent, obstruct, embarrass.
  • To be an obstacle or impediment; stand in the way.
  • n. In hand-ball, a ball struck by a player which afterward strikes his opponent; or one with which the server hits his opponent while standing in the ace-line; or one which strikes the opponent, who thus hinders it from reaching the front wall.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be a hindrance or obstacle to
  • adj. located at or near the back of an animal
  • v. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  • v. put at a disadvantage


Middle English hindren, from Old English hindrian; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hindrian, from Proto-Germanic *hindrōnan (“to put back”), from *hinder (“back”) (adverb). Cognate with Dutch hinderen and German hindern, Latin contra ("back, against"). (Wiktionary)
comparative form of hind: more hind (Wiktionary)


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