- to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
- to prevent from doing, acting, or happening; stop: to hinder a man from committing a crime.
- to be an obstacle or impediment.
Origin of hinder1
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- situated at the rear or back; posterior: the hinder part of a carcass.
- Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. the buttocks.
Origin of hinder2
Examples from the Web for hinder
Graham told The Daily Beast on Monday it might do more to hinder the president than to help him.Republicans Offer Obama ISIS War Authorization He Doesn’t Want
September 9, 2014
Simply stated, the harshness of the elements conspires to help, rather than hinder, the lucky few.How to Hitchhike a Plane—and Survive
April 22, 2014
Quora Q: Does drinking water during meals help or hinder the digestive system?Quora Q: Does Drinking Water During Meals Help or Hinder the Digestive System?
January 30, 2014
Still, in the end, what will likely hinder Hidary is that he is not Bloombergian enough.Jack Hidary Waits to Make His Push in New York City Mayoral Race
August 14, 2013
He chastises Israel for segregationist policies but it is his one-nation allies that hinder integration efforts.Recognizing Israel's Arab Achievements
March 8, 2013
The captain rose as if to hinder him, but Bunsby placed his hand upon his arm.Brave and Bold
All this had happened so quickly that Will was unable to hinder it.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
If I had a mind to marry a man, all the world should not hinder me.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
Who was likely to take any trouble to hinder his return to Venice?Casanova's Homecoming
Then there is nothing to hinder her being married, is there?Hetty's Strange History
- to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
- (tr) to prevent
- (prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posteriorthe hinder parts
Word Origin and History for hinder
Old English hindrian "to harm, injure, impair, check, repress," from Proto-Germanic *hinderojanan (cf. Old Norse hindra, Dutch hinderen, Old High German hintaron, German hindern "to keep back"), from a root meaning "on that side of, behind" (cf. hind (adj.)); thus the ground sense is "to put or keep back," though this sense in English is recorded only from late 14c. Related: Hindered; hindering.
"situated in the rear, toward the back," late 14c., probably from Old English hinder (adv.) "behind, back, afterward," but treated as a comparative of hind (adj.). Related to Old High German hintar, German hinter, Gothic hindar "behind." Middle English had hinderhede, literally "hinder-hood; posterity in time, inferiority in rank;" and hinderling "person fallen from moral or social respectability, wretch."