- to drive a vehicle or other conveyance so as to strike the back end of (another vehicle): My car was rear-ended by another driver on the highway.
- (of a moving vehicle or other conveyance) to strike the back end of (another vehicle or object): A freight train rear-ended the commuter train this morning.
Origin of rear-end
- the hindmost part of something.
- Informal. the buttocks; behind.
Origin of rear end
Examples from the Web for rear-end
Historical Examples of rear-end
The people were not consulted, except from the rear-end of an observation car.The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912
James H. Blount
And again, doing sentinel duty at the rear-end, is the same plea.Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation
S. D. Gordon
Would the engineer take the risk of a rear-end collision on a general manager's order?The Grafters
I caught a rear-end glimpse, with a stiff tail, as big in girth as my body, standing out straight behind.The Faith of Men
The back part of anything, especially a vehicle, as in There's a large dent in the rear end of the car.
The buttocks, as in I'm afraid these pants don't fit my rear end. The noun rear alone has been used in both these senses, the first since the late 1700s and the second since the mid-1900s. The addition of end occurred in the first half of the 1900s.