\ ˈrir-ˈend , -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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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.

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Attendance is always reported as tickets sold rather than actual rear ends in seats. Ron Higgins,, "Greg Sankey doesn't want the SEC under the gun," 13 Feb. 2018 After returning to their cars, one person realized their dog had a substantial bite on her rear end. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa Police warn of aggressive coyotes at Milwaukee County Grounds," 6 July 2018 Big butts are out, lifted nose tips in The fad of gigantic butt augmentation is on its way out; people wanting distortion of their rear end is in its last death throes. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Derm-to-the-Stars Harold Lancer Says Big Butts Are Out, Lifted Nose Tips Are In," 27 June 2018 On one visit, the furniture maker even made a mold of Mr. Novick-Finder’s rear end to create a comfortable seat. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Pull Up a Stool: Restaurants Squeeze in More Seats," 4 July 2018 Jiang and her boyfriend were stopped at a red light near Broadway Road and McClintock Drive when Davis rear ended their vehicle on January 16, 2016. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Holly Davis sentenced to 25 years in 2016 shooting death of ASU student Yue Jiang," 15 June 2018 And, while the bourbon itself looks like any other whiskey, Tamworth’s booze has a secret ingredient: secretions from a beaver’s rear end. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "This Bourbon's Secret Ingredient Comes From a Beaver," 13 June 2018 The driver of a pickup truck was critically injured after rear ending a Brink's armored truck late Thursday morning, June 7, 2018, at near the stop light at Shoal Creek Parkway in Kansas City, North. Glenn E. Rice And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Pickup driver critically hurt after rear-ending Brink's truck in Northland," 7 June 2018 The purpose of that user agreement is to cover Facebook's rear end. Drew Broach,, "Watch John Kennedy lecture Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg," 10 Apr. 2018

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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)

: 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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