concealed; obscure; covert: hidden meaning; hidden hostility.


past participle of hide1.

Related formshid·den·ly, adverbhid·den·ness, nounhalf-hid·den, adjectiveun·hid·den, adjectivewell-hid·den, adjective

Synonyms for hidden

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Examples from the Web for half-hidden

Historical Examples of half-hidden

  • Basins, brooms, and sponges lay about, half-hidden by the seats.

  • There was a touch of something that was like a half-hidden irony in her voice.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Eric found that a sole, half-hidden by mussels, had been placed before him.

  • Strange to say, it had been much easier to talk when she had been half-hidden in the apple-tree.

    Teddy: Her Book

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Her ear, half-hidden among her blonde hair, was near to him.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for half-hidden



a past participle of hide 1


concealed or obscureda hidden cave; a hidden meaning
Derived Formshiddenly, adverbhiddenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for half-hidden



past participle of hide (v.1); a Middle English formation (Old English had gehydd "hidden") on the model of ride/ridden, etc. Hidden persuaders (1957) was Vance Packard's term for "ad men."

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