- 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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- situated at the rear or back; posterior: the hinder part of a carcass.
- Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. the buttocks.
Origin of hinder2
Examples from the Web for hinders
Potholes are common in the rainy region as well as a heavy fog that often hinders visibility.The Road to Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2014
Or a sibling may have a learning disability that hinders his or her efforts.The Struggles of Benjamin Franklin’s Sister Jane
November 21, 2013
Dr. Elahi argued that the lack of access to the law also hinders medical efforts in rural areas.Female Judges From Around the Globe Convene in D.C.
April 2, 2011
It hinders the immune system, causes insomnia, and speeds the atrophy of the brain, to name a few.How to Live Forever
July 29, 2009
Don't you see that it attracts all the nourishment to itself, and hinders this side from growing?The Imaginary Invalid
A friend is to be with us to tea on my account, which hinders me from coming sooner.The Letters of Robert Burns
A new person is to me a great event and hinders me from sleep.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
That makes the good and bad of manners, namely what helps or hinders fellowship.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes her will to produce, her wish to serve, hinders rather than helps.The Shadow World
- 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 hinders
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."