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[ hahynd ]
/ haɪnd /
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adjective
situated in the rear or at the back; posterior: the hind legs of an animal.
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Origin of hind

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English hinde, hint (adjective) “hind, rear, back,” shortening of bihinde(n) (adverb) “in the rear, in back,” from Old English behindan (preposition and adverb) “behind; from behind, at the back”; cognate with German hinten; see also behind, hinder2

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Other definitions for hind (2 of 5)

hind2
[ hahynd ]
/ haɪnd /

noun, plural hinds, (especially collectively) hind.
Zoology. the female of the deer, chiefly the red deer, especially in and after the third year.
any of several speckled serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, found in the warmer waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.

Origin of hind

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First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hinde, Old Norse, Danish, Swedish hind, Old High German hinta (German, Low German Hinde )

Other definitions for hind (3 of 5)

hind3
[ hahynd ]
/ haɪnd /

noun
a peasant or rustic.
Scot. and North England. a farm laborer.

Origin of hind

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First recorded before 1000; alteration of Middle English hine “a household, servants (collectively), a servant,” probably from Old English (Anglian) hīne, hī(g)na, genitive of hīgan (equivalent to West Saxon hīwan “members of a household, domestics”); cf. hide3

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Hind

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Hind.

abbreviation
Hindi.
Hindu.
Hindustan.
Hindustani.
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British Dictionary definitions for hind (1 of 4)

hind1
/ (haɪnd) /

adjective hinder, hindmost or hindermost
(prenominal) (esp of parts of the body) situated at the back or reara hind leg

Word Origin for hind

Old English hindan at the back, related to German hinten; see behind, hinder ²

British Dictionary definitions for hind (2 of 4)

hind2
/ (haɪnd) /

noun plural hinds or hind
the female of the deer, esp the red deer when aged three years or more
any of several marine serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, closely related and similar to the gropers

Word Origin for hind

Old English hind; related to Old High German hinta, Greek kemas young deer, Lithuanian szmúlas hornless

British Dictionary definitions for hind (3 of 4)

hind3
/ (haɪnd) /

noun (formerly)
a simple peasant
(in N Britain) a skilled farm worker
a steward

Word Origin for hind

Old English hīne, from hīgna, genitive plural of hīgan servants

British Dictionary definitions for hind (4 of 4)

Hind.

abbreviation for
Hindi
Hindu
Hindustan
Hindustani
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