\ ˈrir-ˈend How to pronounce rear-end (audio) , -ˌend \
rear-ended; rear-ending; rear-ends

Definition of rear-end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to crash into the back of (a vehicle)

rear end


Definition of rear end (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the back part or section of something (such as a motor vehicle) The preliminary investigation revealed that while traffic was stopped, the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck hit the rear end of a Buick passenger car …— Gabe Hauari
2 : buttocks He's sneaky strong, having increased his bench press to 325 pounds, but his legs remain matchsticks and he has virtually no rear end.— Curry Kirkpatrick

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Synonyms for rear-end

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of rear-end in a Sentence

Noun She stood up and brushed off her rear end. The car's rear end was badly damaged in the accident.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What is their calling card, other than Sam Ehlinger sometimes running around and pulling a play out of his rear end? Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Shocking transformation for defending national champ LSU makes fans wonder how bad it will get," 12 Oct. 2020 Honda is giving the Ridgeline pickup a refreshed look for the 2021 model year, which includes changes to the front end, a new skid plate, a set of standard 18-inch wheels, and a tougher rear end with dual exhaust tips. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Honda Ridgeline Looks Tougher, Adds Rugged Appearance Package," 7 Oct. 2020 The story showed two versions of the same picture side by side of Ross in a vinyl black catsuit — one of which depicts her with a slightly bigger rear end. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Tracee Ellis Ross Called Out a Photoshopped Picture of Her Own Butt," 29 Sep. 2020 The other victim suffered gunshot wounds to his rear end and leg. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer,, "2 men wounded after gunfire erupts outside Kenner apartment Monday afternoon," 21 Sep. 2020 Anderson started the bottom half by hitting Seager in the rear end with a breaking ball. Henry Schulman,, "Giants overcome Yaz injury, Anderson ejection in comeback victory against M’s," 17 Sep. 2020 Its boring old inline-Four, telescopic fork and singleshock rear end provided more than enough kinesthetic stimulation. John Burns/cycle World, Popular Science, "22 of the weirdest concept motorcycles ever made," 10 Sep. 2020 In the past few months, my dog Keeper, who is about 11 years old, has developed a wobbly rear end as a result of neurological condition. Kim Campbell Thornton Andrews Mcmeel, Star Tribune, "Tips to keep dogs from slip-sliding away," 28 Aug. 2020 More on Bentayga Changes to the rear end are more substantial. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Bentley Bentayga V-8 Looks Sharper, Accelerates Harder," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rear-end


1957, in the meaning defined above


1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rear-end was in 1785

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“Rear-end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rear-end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US, informal : to drive into the back of (a vehicle)

rear end


English Language Learners Definition of rear end (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part of the body you sit on
: the back part of something (such as a vehicle)

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