or hide-out



a safe place for hiding, especially from the law.

Nearby words

  1. hidebound,
  2. hideosity,
  3. hideous,
  4. hideously,
  5. hideousness,
  6. hidey-hole,
  7. hideyoshi,
  8. hideyoshi toyotomi,
  9. hiding,
  10. hidr-

Origin of hideout

First recorded in 1870–75; noun use of verb phrase hide out



verb (used with object), hid, hid·den or hid, hid·ing.

to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered: Where did she hide her jewels?
to obstruct the view of; cover up: The sun was hidden by the clouds.
to conceal from knowledge or exposure; keep secret: to hide one's feelings.

verb (used without object), hid, hid·den or hid, hid·ing.

to conceal oneself; lie concealed: He hid in the closet.


British. a place of concealment for hunting or observing wildlife; hunting blind.

Verb Phrases

hide out, to go into or remain in hiding: After breaking out of jail, he hid out in a deserted farmhouse.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hide out



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



a hiding place, esp a remote place used by outlaws, etc; hideaway

verb hide out (intr)

to remain deliberately concealed, esp for a prolonged period of time
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Word Origin and History for hide out
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Idioms and Phrases with hide out

hide out

Go into or stay in hiding, especially from the authorities. For example, The cattle thieves hid out in the canyon, or He decided to hide out from the press. [Late 1800s]


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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