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)

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 On the road back down I-75 to Metro Detroit from The Mounds, the rear end fluttered over road seams. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Toyota Tundra TRD Pro likes to get dirty (review)," 3 Apr. 2021 So that’s how Verschell, a climate scientist, ended up spending about a week of last summer applying cold compresses and Preparation H to the rear end of a hen and shooing away the flockmates that might have pecked at her. Washington Post, "Fresh eggs and ... Neosporin? The joys and challenges of raising backyard chickens," 9 Feb. 2017 The optional all-wheel-drive system’s twin-clutch rear end can shift torque front right to left wheel, but the system is geared for on-road performance and mobility in snow, not significant off-road challenges. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Buick Envision’s new looks, features have the feel of a hit," 6 Mar. 2021 The optional all-wheel-drive system’s twin-clutch rear end can shift torque front right to left wheel, but the system is geared for on-road performance and mobility in snow, not significant off-road challenges. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Buick Envision’s new looks, features have the feel of a hit," 24 Feb. 2021 The design of the 2022 C-class borrows heavily from the smaller A-class, and the new look does away with a slightly bulbous rear end of the previous-generation sedan. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "2022 Mercedes C-Class Overhauled with New Tech and a Fresh Design," 23 Feb. 2021 Pitfield then sits on Eric Parsa's lower torso and rear end and begins to try to handcuff the teen. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Autistic teen died after JPSO deputies sat on him for more than 9 minutes, parents' lawsuit says," 14 Jan. 2021 Before the conclusion where the city is lit up by the magic following the Bolt EUV, the rear end of the EV is shown off. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Chevy Bolt, Bolt EUV Unveiling Announced for Feb. 14 in Latest Teaser," 19 Jan. 2021 An impervious layer on one side goes against the ground, shielding you from any wetness that will definitely seep up through an otherwise normal blanket and find its way directly to your rear end. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Ways to Use a Picnic Blanket (Besides the Obvious One)," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of rear-end

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

Noun

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rear-end. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for rear-end

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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