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[hin-der] /ˈhɪn dər/
verb (used with object)
to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede:
The storm hindered our progress.
to prevent from doing, acting, or happening; stop:
to hinder a man from committing a crime.
verb (used without object)
to be an obstacle or impediment.
Origin of hinder1
before 1000; Middle English hindren, Old English hindrian to hold back, equivalent to hinder hinder2 + -ian causative verb suffix
Related forms
hinderer, noun
hinderingly, adverb
unhindered, adjective
unhindering, adjective
unhinderingly, adverb
1. encumber, obstruct, trammel. 2. block, thwart. See prevent.
1. encourage.


[hahyn-der] /ˈhaɪn dər/
situated at the rear or back; posterior:
the hinder part of a carcass.
Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. the buttocks.
1250-1300; Middle English; compare Old English hinder (adv.) behind; cognate with German hinter (preposition) behind Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Don Ignacio, too, had done his share to hinder discovery of the truth.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • The captain rose as if to hinder him, but Bunsby placed his hand upon his arm.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • These discouragements, however, did not hinder me from indulging my wishes.

  • If I had a mind to marry a man, all the world should not hinder me.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • Feathers are not used; but the hinder shaft of each arrow is decorated with etchings as if in imitation of plumes.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
British Dictionary definitions for hinder


to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
(transitive) to prevent
Derived Forms
hinderer, noun
hindering, adjective, noun
Word Origin
Old English hindrian; related to Old Norse hindra, Old High German hintarōn


(prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posterior: the hinder parts
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse hindri latter, Gothic hindar beyond, Old High German hintar behind
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Word Origin and History for hinder

Old English hindrian "to harm, injure, impair, check, repress," from Proto-Germanic *hinderojanan (cf. Old Norse hindra, Dutch hinderen, Old High German hintaron, German hindern "to keep back"), from a root meaning "on that side of, behind" (cf. hind (adj.)); thus the ground sense is "to put or keep back," though this sense in English is recorded only from late 14c. Related: Hindered; hindering.


"situated in the rear, toward the back," late 14c., probably from Old English hinder (adv.) "behind, back, afterward," but treated as a comparative of hind (adj.). Related to Old High German hintar, German hinter, Gothic hindar "behind." Middle English had hinderhede, literally "hinder-hood; posterity in time, inferiority in rank;" and hinderling "person fallen from moral or social respectability, wretch."

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