1 [hahynd]

1300–50; Middle English hinde; compare Old English hindan (adv.) from behind, at the back; cognate with German hinten; see behind, hinder2

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2 [hahynd]
noun, plural hinds (especially collectively) hind.
Zoology. the female of the deer, chiefly the red deer, especially in and after the third year.
any of several speckled serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, found in the warmer waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hinde, Old Norse, Danish, Swedish hind, Old High German hinta (German, Low German Hinde)


3 [hahynd]
a peasant or rustic.
Scot. and North England. a farm laborer.

before 1000; alteration of Middle English hine (plural) servants, Old English (Anglian) hīne, (g)na, genitive of hīgan (West Saxon hīwan) members of a household, domestics; see hide3


Hindustani ( def 1 ).


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hind1 (haɪnd)
adj , hinder, hindmost, hindermost
(prenominal) (esp of parts of the body) situated at the back or rear: a hind leg
[Old English hindan at the back, related to German hinten; see behind, hinder²]

hind2 (haɪnd)
n , pl hinds, hind
1.  the female of the deer, esp the red deer when aged three years or more
2.  any of several marine serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, closely related and similar to the gropers
[Old English hind; related to Old High German hinta, Greek kemas young deer, Lithuanian szmúlas hornless]

hind3 (haɪnd)
1.  a simple peasant
2.  (in N Britain) a skilled farm worker
3.  a steward
[Old English hīne, from hīgna, genitive plural of hīgan servants]

abbreviation for
1.  Hindi
2.  Hindu
3.  Hindustan
4.  Hindustani

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, perhaps a back-formation from O.E. behindan "back, behind," used as adv. and prep., or from O.E. hindan (adv.) "from behind," words of unknown origin, cognate with Goth. hindan (prep.) "on that side of, beyond, behind;" Ger. hinten "behind." Possibly infl. by M.E. hiner (adv.) "back, rear."

"female deer," O.E. hind, from P.Gmc. *khindo (cf. O.N. hind, Du. hinde, O.H.G. hinta, Ger. Hinde "hind") perhaps from PIE *kemti-, from base *kem- "hornless" (cf. Gk. kemas, Lith. smulas "young deer, gazelle").
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Hindi

  2. Hindustani

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Hind definition

Heb. 'ayalah (2 Sam. 22:34; Ps. 18:33, etc.) and 'ayeleth (Ps. 22, title), the female of the hart or stag. It is referred to as an emblem of activity (Gen. 49:21), gentleness (Prov. 5:19), feminine modesty (Cant. 2:7; 3:5), earnest longing (Ps. 42:1), timidity (Ps. 29:9). In the title of Ps. 22, the word probably refers to some tune bearing that name.

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any of certain species of fishes in the sea bass family, Serranidae (order Perciformes). All species referred to as hinds are in the genus Epinephelus, which also includes many groupers. They are found in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico along the North American coast, with the exception of the red hind (E. guttatus), which ranges from the Carolinas to Brazil. The rock hind (E. adscensionis), ranging from New England to the West Indies, may reach 61 cm (24 inches); the speckled hind (E. drummondhayi) of the coastal region of the southeastern United States is somewhat smaller, reaching a length of 46 cm (19 inches)

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