noun (1)
\ ˈhīnd How to pronounce hind (audio) \
plural hinds also hind

Definition of hind

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 chiefly British : the female of the red deer — compare hart
2 : any of various spotted groupers (especially genus Epinephelus)


noun (2)

Definition of hind (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a British farm assistant
2 archaic : rustic



Definition of hind (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or forming the part that follows or is behind : rear the dog's hind legs

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hind

Synonyms: Adjective

aft, after, back, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

Antonyms: Adjective

anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal

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Examples of hind in a Sentence


the frog's long hind legs the hawk's reddish hind feathers

First Known Use of hind

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hind

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German hinta hind, Greek kemas young deer

Noun (2)

Middle English hine servant, farmhand, from Old English hīna, genitive of hīwan, plural, members of a household; akin to Old High German hīwo spouse, Latin civis fellow citizen


Middle English, probably back-formation from Old English hinder, adverb, behind; akin to Old High German hintar, preposition, behind

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The first known use of hind was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hind

: at or near the back of something


\ ˈhīnd How to pronounce hind (audio) \

Kids Definition of hind

: being at the end or back : rear hind legs

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