hind

2
[ hahynd ]
/ haɪnd /

noun, plural hinds, (especially collectively) hind.

Zoology. the female of the deer, chiefly the red deer, especially in and after the third year.
any of several speckled serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, found in the warmer waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.

Nearby words

  1. hinault, bernard,
  2. hinayana,
  3. hinayanist,
  4. hinckley,
  5. hincty,
  6. hind shank,
  7. hind tit,
  8. hind wing,
  9. hind.,
  10. hindafell

Origin of hind

2
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hinde, Old Norse, Danish, Swedish hind, Old High German hinta (German, Low German Hinde)

hind

3
[ hahynd ]
/ haɪnd /

noun

a peasant or rustic.
Scot. and North England. a farm laborer.

Origin of hind

3
before 1000; alteration of Middle English hine (plural) servants, Old English (Anglian) hīne, hī(g)na, genitive of hīgan (West Saxon hīwan) members of a household, domestics; see hide3

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hind

1
/ (haɪnd) /

adjective hinder, hindmost or hindermost

(prenominal) (esp of parts of the body) situated at the back or reara hind leg

Word Origin for hind

Old English hindan at the back, related to German hinten; see behind, hinder ²

hind

2
/ (haɪnd) /

noun plural hinds or hind

the female of the deer, esp the red deer when aged three years or more
any of several marine serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus, closely related and similar to the gropers

Word Origin for hind

Old English hind; related to Old High German hinta, Greek kemas young deer, Lithuanian szmúlas hornless

hind

3
/ (haɪnd) /

noun (formerly)

a simple peasant
(in N Britain) a skilled farm worker
a steward

Word Origin for hind

Old English hīne, from hīgna, genitive plural of hīgan servants

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