\ 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)

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Synonyms for rear-end

Synonyms: Noun

backside, behind, booty (also bootie) [slang], bottom, breech, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, caboose, can, cheeks, derriere (or derrière), duff, fanny, fundament, hams, haunches, heinie [slang], hunkers, keister (also keester) [slang], nates, posterior, rear, rump, seat, tail, tail end, tush [slang]

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Examples of rear-end in a Sentence


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

The family's tent was in shambles, Fee said, and sticking out of its entrance was the rear end of a large wolf. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Like ... a horror movie’: Camper saves family from wolf attack in Canada’s Banff National Park," 14 Aug. 2019 The family's tent was in shambles, Fee said, and sticking out of its entrance was the rear end of a large wolf. The Washington Post,, "Man saves N.J. family of 4 from savage wolf attack in Canada," 14 Aug. 2019 Against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night 2012, Sanchez attempted to run the ball on a broken play and ran into the rear end of right guard Brandon Moore. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, "Morning Briefing: NFL player Mark Sanchez is stepping down," 24 July 2019 An arriving officer located the vehicle, which by that time had its rear end fully engaged in flames. John Benson,, "Tow truck tire fire stops traffic on Rockside Road: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 11 July 2019 The seven bright stars of the dipper outline the rear end and the tail of the constellation Big Bear or Ursa Major. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: There are many delights to be found in August’s evening skies," 4 Aug. 2019 Police said Galindo rear ended a Honda CRV in front of her, pushing that vehicle into a Jeep Wrangler that was northbound on Wolf Road., "Western Springs police blotter: Vehicle taken from garage," 13 July 2019 But Scott hopes a bit of extra room—for one’s rear end and elbows—can make flying more pleasant. Alex Davies, WIRED, "This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable," 10 July 2019 To start pass rush/protection drills, OLB Bradley Chubb used his power to push LT Garett Bolles backward and then onto his rear end. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Camp Rewind: Practice No. 10 starts inside, finishes outside," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of rear-end


1957, in the meaning defined above


circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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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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