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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. Unabridged
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  • They are to him as ice-cakes clogging the current of love, hindering the wheels of prayer.

  • And why would I be ashamed that am telling no lies, and hindering no one?

  • The flock surrounded him on the moment, with the evident intention of hindering his flight as much as possible.

    Ways of Wood Folk William J. Long
  • The sucking-fish of these men is their hindering corruption.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • Nay, at one time they held the whole province of Livonia responsible for hindering such a proceeding.

    The Hansa Towns Helen Zimmern
  • Nothing can be done thoroughly because of this hindering folly.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • In one word, I wished as nearly as possible to walk abroad out of my hindering body of clay.

    A Bird-Lover in the West Olive Thorne Miller
British Dictionary definitions for hindering


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 hindering



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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