[ hin-der ]
/ ˈhɪn dər /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to be an obstacle or impediment.

Nearby words

  1. hindemith,
  2. hindemith, paul,
  3. hindenburg,
  4. hindenburg line,
  5. hindenburg, paul von,
  6. hinderance,
  7. hindermost,
  8. hindfell,
  9. hindgut,
  10. hindi

Origin of hinder

before 1000; Middle English hindren, Old English hindrian “to hold back,” equivalent to hinder hinder2 + -ian causative verb suffix

Related forms

Synonym study

2. See prevent.


[ hahyn-der ]
/ ˈhaɪn dər /


situated at the rear or back; posterior: the hinder part of a carcass.


Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. the buttocks.

Origin of hinder

1250–1300; Middle English; compare Old English hinder (adv.) behind; cognate with German hinter (preposition) behind

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British Dictionary definitions for hinder


/ (ˈhɪndə) /


to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
(tr) to prevent
Derived Formshinderer, nounhindering, adjective, noun

Word Origin for hinder

Old English hindrian; related to Old Norse hindra, Old High German hintarōn


(prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posteriorthe hinder parts

Word Origin for hinder

Old English; related to Old Norse hindri latter, Gothic hindar beyond, Old High German hintar behind

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