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.

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hinder

2
[hahyn-der]
adjective
  1. situated at the rear or back; posterior: the hinder part of a carcass.
noun
  1. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. the buttocks.

Origin of hinder

2
1250–1300; Middle English; compare Old English hinder (adv.) behind; cognate with German hinter (preposition) behind
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Historical Examples of hinders

  • 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

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 hinders

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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