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hind1

[hahynd] /haɪnd/
adjective
1.
situated in the rear or at the back; posterior:
the hind legs of an animal.
Origin of hind1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English hinde; compare Old English hindan (adv.) from behind, at the back; cognate with German hinten; see behind, hinder2
Synonym Study
See back1.

hind2

[hahynd] /haɪnd/
noun, plural hinds (especially collectively) hind.
1.
Zoology. the female of the deer, chiefly the red deer, especially in and after the third year.
2.
any of several speckled serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, found in the warmer waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.
Origin
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hinde, Old Norse, Danish, Swedish hind, Old High German hinta (German, Low German Hinde)

hind3

[hahynd] /haɪnd/
noun
1.
a peasant or rustic.
2.
Scot. and North England. a farm laborer.
Origin
before 1000; alteration of Middle English hine (plural) servants, Old English (Anglian) hīne, hī(g)na, genitive of hīgan (West Saxon hīwan) members of a household, domestics; see hide3

Hind

1.
Hindustani (def 1).

Hind.

1.
2.
3.
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  • Instantly the creature rose and walked beside her on his hind legs.

    Gentle Julia Booth Tarkington
  • Why d'n't you say you was petrified in your hind legs, before you shipped!'

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The second is due to the W-shaped bend of the white streak of the hind wings.

    Butterflies and Moths William S. Furneaux
  • "You sit on me and I sit on my hind legs, of course," said Lefthandiron.

    Andiron Tales John Kendrick Bangs
  • The ladies occupied, as usual, the hind seat of the coach, leaving that in front to their male companions.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for hind

hind1

/haɪnd/
adjective hinder, hindmost, hindermost
1.
(prenominal) (esp of parts of the body) situated at the back or rear: a hind leg
Word Origin
Old English hindan at the back, related to German hinten; see behind, hinder²

hind2

/haɪnd/
noun (pl) hinds, hind
1.
the female of the deer, esp the red deer when aged three years or more
2.
any of several marine serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, closely related and similar to the gropers
Word Origin
Old English hind; related to Old High German hinta, Greek kemas young deer, Lithuanian szmúlas hornless

hind3

/haɪnd/
noun (formerly)
1.
a simple peasant
2.
(in N Britain) a skilled farm worker
3.
a steward
Word Origin
Old English hīne, from hīgna, genitive plural of hīgan servants

Hind.

abbreviation
1.
Hindi
2.
Hindu
3.
Hindustan
4.
Hindustani
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Word Origin and History for hind
adj.

c.1300, "rear, back," perhaps a back-formation from Old English behindan "back, behind," used as adverb and preposition, or from or influenced by Old English hindan (adv.) "from behind," from Proto-Germanic *hind- "behind" (cognate with Gothic hindan (prep.) "on that side of, beyond, behind;" German hinten "behind"), of unknown origin. Possibly influenced by Middle English hiner (adv.) "back, rear."

n.

"female deer," Old English hind, from Proto-Germanic *hinthjo- (cf. Old Norse hind, Dutch hinde, Old High German hinta, German Hinde "hind") perhaps from PIE *kemti-, from root *kem- "hornless" (cf. Greek kemas, Lithuanian smulas "young deer, gazelle").

n.

"female deer," Old English hind, from Proto-Germanic *hinthjo- (cf. Old Norse hind, Dutch hinde, Old High German hinta, German Hinde "hind") perhaps from PIE *kemti-, from root *kem- "hornless" (cf. Greek kemas, Lithuanian smulas "young deer, gazelle").

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