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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be an obstacle or impediment.
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Origin of hinder1

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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1. encumber, obstruct, trammel. 2. block, thwart.

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2. See prevent.


1. encourage.


  1. situated at the rear or back; posterior: the hinder part of a carcass.
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  1. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. the buttocks.
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Origin of hinder2

1250–1300; Middle English; compare Old English hinder (adv.) behind; cognate with German hinter (preposition) behind
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Examples from the Web for hinders

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  • Don't you see that it attracts all the nourishment to itself, and hinders this side from growing?

  • A friend is to be with us to tea on my account, which hinders me from coming sooner.

  • A new person is to me a great event and hinders me from sleep.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • That makes the good and bad of manners, namely what helps or hinders fellowship.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Sometimes her will to produce, her wish to serve, hinders rather than helps.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for hinders


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

Word Origin

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


  1. (prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posteriorthe hinder parts
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Word Origin

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 hinders



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.

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"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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