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hide1

[hahyd] /haɪd/
verb (used with object), hid, hidden or hid, hiding.
1.
to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered:
Where did she hide her jewels?
2.
to obstruct the view of; cover up:
The sun was hidden by the clouds.
3.
to conceal from knowledge or exposure; keep secret:
to hide one's feelings.
verb (used without object), hid, hidden or hid, hiding.
4.
to conceal oneself; lie concealed:
He hid in the closet.
noun
5.
British. a place of concealment for hunting or observing wildlife; hunting blind.
Verb phrases
6.
hide out, to go into or remain in hiding:
After breaking out of jail, he hid out in a deserted farmhouse.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English hiden, Old English hȳdan; cognate with Old Frisian hūda, Greek keúthein to conceal
Related forms
hidable, adjective
hidability, noun
hider, noun
Synonyms
1. screen, mask, cloak, veil, shroud, disguise. Hide, conceal, secrete mean to put out of sight or in a secret place. Hide is the general word: to hide one's money or purpose; A dog hides a bone. Conceal, somewhat more formal, is to cover from sight: A rock concealed them from view. Secrete means to put away carefully, in order to keep secret: The spy secreted the important papers. 3. disguise, dissemble, suppress.
Antonyms
1. reveal, display.

hide2

[hahyd] /haɪd/
noun
1.
the pelt or skin of one of the larger animals (cow, horse, buffalo, etc.), raw or dressed.
2.
Informal.
  1. the skin of a human being:
    Get out of here or I'll tan your hide!
  2. safety or welfare:
    He's only worried about his own hide.
3.
Australia and New Zealand Informal. impertinence; impudence.
verb (used with object), hided, hiding.
4.
Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
5.
to protect (a rope, as a boltrope of a sail) with a covering of leather.
Idioms
6.
hide nor hair, a trace or evidence, as of something missing:
They didn't find hide nor hair of the murder weapon.
Also, hide or hair.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳd; cognate with Dutch huid, Old Norse hūth, Danish, Swedish hud, Old High German hūt (German Haut), Latin cutis skin, cutis; see hide1
Related forms
hideless, adjective
Synonyms
1. See skin.

hide3

[hahyd] /haɪd/
noun, Old English Law.
1.
a unit of land measurement varying from 60 to 120 acres (24 to 49 hectares) or more, depending upon local usage.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English hīd(e), hīg(i)d portion of land, family; akin to Latin civis citizen, Greek keîmai to lie, abide
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  • The trouble is, too many clouds hide where the sun will shine.
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  • Vegetable gardens don't have to hide in the backyard.
  • The company was able to hide information about such partnerships for years.
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  • Ratings agencies did not hide their disappointment with the plan, which was watered down at the last minute.
British Dictionary definitions for hide

hide1

/haɪd/
verb hides, hiding, hid (hɪd), hidden (ˈhɪdən), hid
1.
to put or keep (oneself or an object) in a secret place; conceal (oneself or an object) from view or discovery: to hide a pencil, to hide from the police
2.
(transitive) to conceal or obscure: the clouds hid the sun
3.
(transitive) to keep secret
4.
(transitive) to turn (one's head, eyes, etc) away
noun
5.
(Brit) a place of concealment, usually disguised to appear as part of the natural environment, used by hunters, birdwatchers, etc US and Canadian equivalent blind
See also hideout
Derived Forms
hidable, adjective
hider, noun
Word Origin
Old English hӯdan; related to Old Frisian hēda, Middle Low German hüden, Greek keuthein

hide2

/haɪd/
noun
1.
the skin of an animal, esp the tough thick skin of a large mammal, either tanned or raw
2.
(informal) the human skin
3.
(Austral & NZ, informal) impudence
verb hides, hiding, hided
4.
(transitive) (informal) to flog
Derived Forms
hideless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hӯd; related to Old Norse hūth, Old Frisian hēd, Old High German hūt, Latin cutis skin, Greek kutos; see cuticle

hide3

/haɪd/
noun
1.
an obsolete Brit unit of land measure, varying in magnitude from about 60 to 120 acres
Word Origin
Old English hīgid; related to hīw family, household, Latin cīvis citizen
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Word Origin and History for hide
v.

Old English hydan "to hide, conceal; preserve; hide oneself; bury a corpse," from West Germanic *hudjan (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German huden), from PIE *keudh- (cf. Greek keuthein "to hide, conceal"), from root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Hide and seek (by 1670s), children's game, replaced earlier all hid (1580s).

n.

"skin of a large animal," Old English hyd "hide, skin," from Proto-Germanic *hudiz (cf. Old Norse huð, Old Frisian hed, Middle Dutch huut, Dutch huid, Old High German hut, German Haut "skin"), related to Old English verb hydan "to hide," the common notion being of "covering."

All of this is from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (cf. Sanskrit kostha "enclosing wall," skunati "covers;" Armenian ciw "roof;" Latin cutis "skin," scutum "shield," ob-scurus "dark;" Greek kytos "a hollow, vessel," keutho "to cover, to hide," skynia "eyebrows;" Russian kishka "gut," literally "sheath;" Lithuanian kiautas "husk," kutis "stall;" Old Norse sky "cloud;" Old English sceo "cloud;" Middle High German hode "scrotum;" Old High German scura, German Scheuer "barn;" Welsh cuddio "to hide").

The alliterative pairing of hide and hair (often negative, hide nor hair) was in Middle English (early 15c.), but earlier and more common was hide ne hewe, literally "skin and complexion ('hue')" (c.1200).

"measure of land" (obsolete), Old English hid "hide of land," earlier higid, from hiw- "family" (cf. hiwan "household," hiwo "a husband, master of a household"), from Proto-Germanic *hiwido-, from PIE *keiwo- (cf. Latin civis "citizen"), from root *kei- "to lie; bed, couch; beloved, dear" (see cemetery, and cf. city).

The notion was of "amount of land needed to feed one free family and dependents," usually 100 or 120 acres, but the amount could be as little as 60, depending on the quality of the land. Often also defined as "as much land as could be tilled by one plow in a year." Translated in Latin as familia.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hide

hide

noun

horsehide (1940s+ Baseball)

Related Terms

take it out of someone's hide, tan


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with hide
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Encyclopedia Article for hide

the pelt taken from a cow, steer, or bull of the bovine species, from the pelt of a horse, or from the integument of some other large adult animal. The pelts of smaller animals are commonly called skins-namely, sheepskins, goatskins, calfskins, etc. For the preservation and tanning of hides, see leather.

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