Try Our Apps


Pore Over vs. Pour Over

rear end

the hindmost part of something.
Informal. the buttocks; behind.
Also called tail end.
Origin of rear end


[reer-end] /ˈrɪərˈɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to drive a vehicle or other conveyance so as to strike the back end of (another vehicle):
My car was rear-ended by another driver on the highway.
(of a moving vehicle or other conveyance) to strike the back end of (another vehicle or object):
A freight train rear-ended the commuter train this morning.
1975-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for rear end
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • You will note that the rudder slides into the rear end of the projectile so that none of it extends out.

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
  • "Step lively, please," the conductor cried from the rear end.

    Andiron Tales John Kendrick Bangs
  • "But Harriet was drowned in getting the trunk free from the rear end," declared Jane earnestly.

  • In the rear end of their wagon was a butter firkin and a number of packages.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • It was five feet through, and twenty feet long, not counting the rudder, which was now entirely drawn into the rear end.

    Pharaoh's Broker Ellsworth Douglass
Word Origin and History for rear end



"buttocks," 1937, from rear (adj.) + end (n.). As a verb, "to collide (with another vehicle) from behind," from 1976. Related: Rear-ended; rear-ending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for rear end

rear end

noun phrase

(also rear) The buttocks; ass: She's a pain in the rear end (1937+, variant 1796+)


To hit a car from the rear: his Grand Am was rear-ended (mid-1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with rear end

rear end

The back part of anything, especially a vehicle, as in There's a large dent in the rear end of the car.
The buttocks, as in I'm afraid these pants don't fit my rear end. The noun rear alone has been used in both these senses, the first since the late 1700s and the second since the mid-1900s. The addition of end occurred in the first half of the 1900s.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rear end

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rear

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for rear end