[ 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

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

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2. See prevent.

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Opposites for hinder

Other words from hinder

  • hin·der·er, noun

Other definitions for hinder (2 of 2)

[ hahyn-der ]

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

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

Origin of hinder

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; compare Old English hinder (adverb) “behind”; cognate with German hinter (preposition) “behind”

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How to use hinder in a sentence

  • Then was the Earl of Huntly accused by you as the maintainer of idolatry, and the only hinderer of all good order.

  • And this man, formerly a hinderer in the Divine plan, becomes a spiritual giant.

  • Ever since the beginning, men have assigned to women the role of the dissuader, the drag, the hinderer.

    The Last Hope | Henry Seton Merriman
  • Some have considered that the hinderer or hindrance was the Roman empire; others that it is the Holy Ghost in the church.

    The Lord's Coming | C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • Take your stand (note the aorist tense) in the face of the devil, the great hinderer and slanderer.

British Dictionary definitions for hinder (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɪndə) /

  1. to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper

  2. (tr) to prevent

Origin of hinder

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

Derived forms of hinder

  • hinderer, noun
  • hindering, adjective, noun

British Dictionary definitions for hinder (2 of 2)


/ (ˈhaɪndə) /

  1. (prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posterior: the hinder parts

Origin of hinder

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

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