hideout

or hide-out

[ hahyd-out ]
/ ˈhaɪdˌaʊt /

noun

a safe place for hiding, especially from the law.

Origin of hideout

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

Definition for hide out (2 of 2)

Origin of hide

1
before 900; Middle English hiden, Old English hȳdan; cognate with Old Frisian hūda, Greek keúthein to conceal
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.
Related formshid·a·ble, adjectivehid·a·bil·i·ty, nounhid·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hide out (1 of 4)

hide

1
/ (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

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

British Dictionary definitions for hide out (2 of 4)

hide

2
/ (haɪd) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for hide out (3 of 4)

hide

3
/ (haɪd) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for hide out (4 of 4)

hideout

/ (ˈhaɪdˌaʊt) /

noun

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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Idioms and Phrases with hide out (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with hide out (2 of 2)

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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