hinder

1
[hin-der]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  2. to prevent from doing, acting, or happening; stop: to hinder a man from committing a crime.
verb (used without object)
  1. to be an obstacle or impediment.

Origin of hinder

1
before 1000; Middle English hindren, Old English hindrian “to hold back,” equivalent to hinder hinder2 + -ian causative verb suffix
Related formshin·der·er, nounhin·der·ing·ly, adverbun·hin·dered, adjectiveun·hin·der·ing, adjectiveun·hin·der·ing·ly, adverb

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2. See prevent.

Antonyms for hinder

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Examples from the Web for hindered

Contemporary Examples of hindered

Historical Examples of hindered

  • This maddening impatience told on my strength, which was small, and hindered me.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • I and Galloway could never get through them, hindered or not hindered.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Who would have hindered it from handing its milliards over to us?

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • And though she followed him to the front door, entreating, he could not be stayed or hindered.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Oh, I am afraid I hindered rather than helped,” said I, “but it is very beautiful.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill


British Dictionary definitions for hindered

hinder

1
verb
  1. to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
  2. (tr) to prevent
Derived Formshinderer, nounhindering, adjective, noun

Word Origin for hinder

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

hinder

2
adjective
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for hindered

hinder

v.

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.

hinder

adj,

"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."

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