\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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The red car slammed into the rear end of the green car, causing injuries to several people inside of the two vehicles. CBS News, "Car passenger dies while stopping along Texas highway to urinate," 13 Jan. 2018 Gattis entered a jubilant dugout, received a pat on his rear end from manager A.J. Hinch before catching Tony Kemp to cradle, hugs for another home run from a white hot white bear. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis' grand slam lifts Astros over Royals," 15 June 2018 Stammen came in to start the eighth, got two quick outs and then was the victim of a line drive single off his rear end and a single off a dribbler to the left side. Kevin Acee,, "Padres come through in clutch to defeat Pirates," 18 May 2018 Rasean Preston, 31, is accused of rear ending the vehicle in which Nakiesha Johnson, 43, of Detroit was a passenger, launching it into a utility pole. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit man charged in car crash that killed a woman, injured 3 others," 1 May 2018 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 and a Honda passenger car as well. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Police: Crash on Interstate 264 kills two, injures two more," 25 May 2018 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

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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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