- 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 hindering
For some, age may be hindering—but for these ladies, age is just a number.These Ladies May Be Old, But They Have More Style Than You
April 29, 2014
In rural India, or rural Africa, the lack of access to banks is hindering development.How Jeroo Billimoria Is Turning Poor Kids Into Savers
March 7, 2013
By concealing past mistakes, the nation may be hindering investigations, writes Christopher Dickey.France Arrests the Usual Islamist Suspects
April 4, 2012
And why would I be ashamed that am telling no lies, and hindering no one?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Then we must abstain from spoiling the dead or hindering their burial?The Republic
However, there is one insignificant mistake that has been hindering us.Mezzerow Loves Company
Floyd L. Wallace
She pondered on the circumstance for some time, looking into vacancy and hindering the play.A Pair of Blue Eyes
The sucking-fish of these men is their hindering corruption.Theodoric the Goth
- 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 hindering
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."