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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
Historical Examples
  • Basins, brooms, and sponges lay about, half-hidden by the seats.

  • There was a touch of something that was like a half-hidden irony in her voice.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Eric found that a sole, half-hidden by mussels, had been placed before him.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • 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
  • Her ear, half-hidden among her blonde hair, was near to him.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • There was no moon and the stars were half-hidden by black clouds.

    The Missing Formula Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • Her soul was without, her eyes following a mysterious, half-hidden form.

    The Brand

    Therese Broderick
  • Clouds drifted across the face of the moon, half-hidden in mist.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
  • Down in the valley, half-hidden by trees, he saw the white front of his home.

    A Tale of the Tow-Path Homer Greene
  • The preacher, in his swift glance, had apparently not observed the half-hidden Cleve.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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