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[hid-n] /ˈhɪd n/
concealed; obscure; covert:
hidden meaning; hidden hostility.
past participle of hide1 .
Related forms
hiddenly, adverb
hiddenness, noun
half-hidden, adjective
unhidden, adjective
well-hidden, adjective
1. secret, veiled; occult. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for half-hidden
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  • To their right stood two broken columns, half-hidden beneath a wild tangle of vine and clusters of purple grapes.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • Strange to say, it had been much easier to talk when she had been half-hidden in the apple-tree.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • He stood now, looking with half-hidden admiration at the man whom two minutes before he had despised.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • Basins, brooms, and sponges lay about, half-hidden by the seats.

  • Feeling a tremor of emotion run through the girl, she stooped and kissed her half-hidden cheek.

    By Right of Purchase Harold Bindloss
  • There was a touch of something that was like a half-hidden irony in her voice.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • But behind the crooked smile which was half-hidden from him, he caught the dawn of a new light that he understood.

  • Her ear, half-hidden among her blonde hair, was near to him.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • It became more and more difficult to replenish their fires, even from the fallen trees beside them, now half-hidden in the drifts.

    Selected Stories Bret Harte
  • Clouds drifted across the face of the moon, half-hidden in mist.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
British Dictionary definitions for half-hidden


a past participle of hide1
concealed or obscured: a hidden cave, a hidden meaning
Derived Forms
hiddenly, adverb
hiddenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for half-hidden



past participle of hide (v.1); a Middle English formation (Old English had gehydd "hidden") on the model of ride/ridden, etc. Hidden persuaders (1957) was Vance Packard's term for "ad men."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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