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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 of hind2

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hinde, Old Norse, Danish, Swedish hind, Old High German hinta (German, Low German Hinde)


  1. a peasant or rustic.
  2. Scot. and North England. a farm laborer.

Origin of hind3

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
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adjective hinder, hindmost or hindermost
  1. (prenominal) (esp of parts of the body) situated at the back or reara hind leg

Word Origin

Old English hindan at the back, related to German hinten; see behind, hinder ²


noun plural hinds or 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


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
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Word Origin and History for hinds



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."



"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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