verb hin·der \ˈhin-dər\

: to make (something, such as a task or action) slow or difficult

hin·deredhin·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of HINDER

transitive verb
:  to make slow or difficult the progress of :  hamper
:  to hold back :  check
intransitive verb
:  to delay, impede, or prevent action
hin·der·er \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of HINDER

  1. The witness refused to cooperate, hindering the investigation.
  2. The country's economic growth is being hindered by the sanctions.
  3. It's not clear whether the change will help or hinder our project.

Origin of HINDER

Middle English hindren, from Old English hindrian; akin to Old English hinder behind
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of HINDER

hinder, impede, obstruct, block mean to interfere with the activity or progress of. hinder stresses causing harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress <rain hindered the climb>. impede implies making forward progress difficult by clogging, hampering, or fettering <tight clothing that impedes movement>. obstruct implies interfering with something in motion or in progress by the sometimes intentional placing of obstacles in the way <the view was obstructed by billboards>. block implies complete obstruction to passage or progress <a landslide blocked the road>.

Rhymes with HINDER


adjective hind·er \ˈhīn-dər\

Definition of HINDER

:  situated behind or in the rear :  posterior

Examples of HINDER

  1. <the animal's case of mange was especially bad in its hinder parts>

Origin of HINDER

Middle English, from Old English hinder, adverb
First Known Use: 13th century

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HINDERING Defined for Kids


verb hin·der \ˈhin-dər\

Definition of HINDER for Kids

:  to make slow or difficult <Snow and high winds hindered our progress.>


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