- 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.
- to be an obstacle or impediment.
Origin of hinder1
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Examples from the Web for hindered
And the evangelism so important to the Christian enterprise will be hindered.Love Trumped Rules for Fired Methodist Rev. Frank Schaefer
December 20, 2013
Record temperatures and powerful winds have hindered firefighting efforts, continually driving the fire past containment lines.Shocking Photos From the Colorado Wildfires
Sam Schlinkert, Brian Ries
June 27, 2012
The suffragists claimed that quite the opposite was true and that militancy had hindered rather than helped women win the vote.The Lessons of the British Women’s Fight for the Vote
June 13, 2012
Her beauty actually may have hindered her attempt to become a standup comic.Accused Soccer-Mom Madam’s Money Launderer
March 23, 2012
It did not require giving Iran new documents, a demand that has hindered progress in the investigation.Exclusive: U.N. Won’t Back Down on Iran Nuclear Inspections
March 11, 2012
This maddening impatience told on my strength, which was small, and hindered me.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
I and Galloway could never get through them, hindered or not hindered.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Who would have hindered it from handing its milliards over to us?Freeland
And though she followed him to the front door, entreating, he could not be stayed or hindered.Alice Adams
Oh, I am afraid I hindered rather than helped,” said I, “but it is very beautiful.The First Violin
- to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
- (tr) to prevent
- (prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posteriorthe hinder parts
Word Origin and History for hindered
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."