rear-end

verb
\ 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

noun

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

Noun

She stood up and brushed off her rear end. The car's rear end was badly damaged in the accident.

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Meanwhile, a motorcyclist was rear ended by a car just beyond the crime scene tape that was set up on 23rd Street South and University Boulevard for the Southtown Crossing incident. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Birmingham police officer fires weapon in Southtown gun battle," 18 July 2019 The rear end of the Maserati got wedged under the Brightline engine and burst into flames as the train dragged the wreckage past the railroad crossing at Northeast 38th Street, investigators said. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Police identify Maserati driver killed in train collision," 13 Sep. 2019 The Big Dipper itself isn’t an official constellation but does outline the rear end and tail of the great constellation Ursa Major. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: September celestial splendor," 1 Sep. 2019 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, oregonlive.com, "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, cleveland.com, "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

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First Known Use of rear-end

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rear-end was circa 1930

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rear-end

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rear-end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

rear end

noun

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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