Origin of rear1
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of rear2
Synonyms for rear
Related Words for rearsbottom, backside, back, tail, butt, breed, educate, raise, hinder, last, reverse, behind, rearward, hind, posterior, stern, following, postern, mizzen, buttocks
Examples from the Web for rears
Contemporary Examples of rears
The rears of planes are becoming hell with smaller, harder seats to jam as many passengers in as possible.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
The message that we must send is that racism, in all of its forms, must be fought every time it rears its dangerous head.Violence Erupts When You Tolerate Antisemitism
Dr. Charles Asher Small
April 14, 2014
Historical Examples of rears
Is not that Garran Thual, Mark, that rears its head above the others?The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
Sometimes he kicks, sometimes he bites, sometimes he rears and smashes things all to pieces.The Rainy Day Railroad War
There is much to be learned always, by getting a glimpse at rears.
When a swarm of hornets attacks a horse, and it rears, who wonders?In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete
It has always appeared to me that Corbus rears too much already.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Word Origin for rear
Word Origin for rear
c.1300, from Old French rere (see rear (n.)).
"attack in the rear," 17c., from rear (n.).
"hindmost part," c.1600, abstracted from rerewarde "rear guard, hindmost part of an army or fleet" (mid-14c.), from Anglo-French rerewarde, Old French rieregarde, from Old French adverb riere "behind" (from Latin retro "back, behind;" see retro-) + Old French garde (see guard (n.)). Or the word may be a shortened form of arrear (see arrears).
As a euphemism for "buttocks" it is attested from 1796. Rear admiral is first attested 1580s, apparently so called from ranking "behind" an admiral proper. Rear-view (mirror) is recorded from 1926.
Old English ræran "to raise, build up, create, set on end; arouse, excite, stir up," from Proto-Germanic *raizijanau "to raise," causative of *risanan "to rise" (see raise (v.)). Meaning "bring into being, bring up" (as a child) is recorded from early 15c.; that of "raise up on the hind legs" is first recorded late 14c. Related: Reared; rearing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with rear
- rear end
- rear its ugly head
- bring up the rear