Origin of hide

1
before 900; Middle English hiden, Old English hȳdan; cognate with Old Frisian hūda, Greek keúthein to conceal
Related formshid·a·ble, adjectivehid·a·bil·i·ty, nounhid·er, noun

Synonyms for hide

1. screen, mask, cloak, veil, shroud, disguise. Hide, conceal, secrete mean to put out of sight or in a secret place. Hide is the general word: to hide one's money or purpose; A dog hides a bone. Conceal, somewhat more formal, is to cover from sight: A rock concealed them from view. Secrete means to put away carefully, in order to keep secret: The spy secreted the important papers. 3. disguise, dissemble, suppress.

Antonyms for hide

hide

2
[hahyd]

noun

the pelt or skin of one of the larger animals (cow, horse, buffalo, etc.), raw or dressed.
Informal.
  1. the skin of a human being: Get out of here or I'll tan your hide!
  2. safety or welfare: He's only worried about his own hide.
Australia and New Zealand Informal. impertinence; impudence.

verb (used with object), hid·ed, hid·ing.

Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
to protect (a rope, as a boltrope of a sail) with a covering of leather.

Origin of hide

2
before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳd; cognate with Dutch huid, Old Norse hūth, Danish, Swedish hud, Old High German hūt (German Haut), Latin cutis skin, cutis; see hide1
Related formshide·less, adjective

Synonyms for hide

1. See skin.

hide

3
[hahyd]

noun Old English Law.

a unit of land measurement varying from 60 to 120 acres (24 to 49 hectares) or more, depending upon local usage.

Origin of hide

3
before 900; Middle English; Old English hīd(e), hīg(i)d portion of land, family; akin to Latin civis citizen, Greek keîmai to lie, abide
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British Dictionary definitions for hide

hide

1

verb hides, hiding, hid (hɪd), hidden (ˈhɪdən) or hid

to put or keep (oneself or an object) in a secret place; conceal (oneself or an object) from view or discoveryto hide a pencil; to hide from the police
(tr) to conceal or obscurethe clouds hid the sun
(tr) to keep secret
(tr) to turn (one's head, eyes, etc) away

noun

British a place of concealment, usually disguised to appear as part of the natural environment, used by hunters, birdwatchers, etcUS and Canadian equivalent: blind
See also hideout
Derived Formshidable, adjectivehider, noun

Word Origin for hide

Old English hӯdan; related to Old Frisian hēda, Middle Low German hüden, Greek keuthein

hide

2

noun

the skin of an animal, esp the tough thick skin of a large mammal, either tanned or raw
informal the human skin
Australian and NZ informal impudence

verb hides, hiding or hided

(tr) informal to flog
Derived Formshideless, adjective

Word Origin for hide

Old English hӯd; related to Old Norse hūth, Old Frisian hēd, Old High German hūt, Latin cutis skin, Greek kutos; see cuticle

hide

3

noun

an obsolete Brit unit of land measure, varying in magnitude from about 60 to 120 acres

Word Origin for hide

Old English hīgid; related to hīw family, household, Latin cīvis citizen
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Word Origin and History for hide
v.1

Old English hydan "to hide, conceal; preserve; hide oneself; bury a corpse," from West Germanic *hudjan (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German huden), from PIE *keudh- (cf. Greek keuthein "to hide, conceal"), from root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Hide and seek (by 1670s), children's game, replaced earlier all hid (1580s).

n.1

"skin of a large animal," Old English hyd "hide, skin," from Proto-Germanic *hudiz (cf. Old Norse huð, Old Frisian hed, Middle Dutch huut, Dutch huid, Old High German hut, German Haut "skin"), related to Old English verb hydan "to hide," the common notion being of "covering."

All of this is from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (cf. Sanskrit kostha "enclosing wall," skunati "covers;" Armenian ciw "roof;" Latin cutis "skin," scutum "shield," ob-scurus "dark;" Greek kytos "a hollow, vessel," keutho "to cover, to hide," skynia "eyebrows;" Russian kishka "gut," literally "sheath;" Lithuanian kiautas "husk," kutis "stall;" Old Norse sky "cloud;" Old English sceo "cloud;" Middle High German hode "scrotum;" Old High German scura, German Scheuer "barn;" Welsh cuddio "to hide").

The alliterative pairing of hide and hair (often negative, hide nor hair) was in Middle English (early 15c.), but earlier and more common was hide ne hewe, literally "skin and complexion ('hue')" (c.1200).

n.2

"measure of land" (obsolete), Old English hid "hide of land," earlier higid, from hiw- "family" (cf. hiwan "household," hiwo "a husband, master of a household"), from Proto-Germanic *hiwido-, from PIE *keiwo- (cf. Latin civis "citizen"), from root *kei- "to lie; bed, couch; beloved, dear" (see cemetery, and cf. city).

The notion was of "amount of land needed to feed one free family and dependents," usually 100 or 120 acres, but the amount could be as little as 60, depending on the quality of the land. Often also defined as "as much land as could be tilled by one plow in a year." Translated in Latin as familia.

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Idioms and Phrases with hide

hide

In addition to the idioms beginning with hide

  • hide and seek
  • hide nor hair, neither
  • hide one's face
  • hide one's head in the sand
  • hide one's light under a bushel
  • hide out

also see:

  • cover one's ass (hide)
  • tan one's hide
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