- 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.
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Examples from the Web for hinderer
What is "Men's damager, words' hinderer, and yet words' arouser?"A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
Then was the Earl of Huntly accused by you as the maintainer of idolatry, and the only hinderer of all good order.
He considers Christianity to have been a powerful agent of civilisation, not a hinderer or an enemy.The Idea of Progress
J. B. Bury
Some have considered that the hinderer or hindrance was the Roman empire; others that it is the Holy Ghost in the church.The Lord's Coming
C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
And this man, formerly a hinderer in the Divine plan, becomes a spiritual giant.The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit
Ralph Waldo Trine
- 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 hinderer
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."