Nearby words

  1. hidden tax,
  2. hidden unemployment,
  3. hiddenite,
  4. hiddenly,
  5. hiddenness,
  6. hide and seek,
  7. hide nor hair, neither,
  8. hide one's face,
  9. hide one's head in the sand,
  10. hide one's light under a bushel

Origin of hide

before 900; Middle English hiden, Old English hȳdan; cognate with Old Frisian hūda, Greek keúthein to conceal

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.

Related formshid·a·ble, adjectivehid·a·bil·i·ty, nounhid·er, noun


[ hahyd ]
/ haɪd /


the pelt or skin of one of the larger animals (cow, horse, buffalo, etc.), raw or dressed.
  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

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


[ hahyd ]
/ haɪd /

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hide


/ (haɪd) /

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


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


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


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
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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