\ 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)

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

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 The rear end is a bit more cohesive, with smooth surfaces and taillights that remind us of the handsome units on the Kia EV6. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 2 May 2022 Millennium Gate Museum portrays Tomochichi making a wide, welcoming gesture with his right hand while using his left to clutch a bear pelt that fails to cover his rear end. Michael Warren, ajc, 7 Feb. 2022 This light green 1968 Chevrolet C10 pickup has a BluePrint 383ci stroker engine with FiTech fuel injection mated to a 700R4 transmission backed to a 12-bolt positraction rear end. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 28 Jan. 2022 Knees, thighs, and rear end are reinforced with water-repellant and wind-resistant three-layer fabric, for a high level of performance through all weather conditions. Outside Online, 10 Dec. 2019 Depending on conditions, the system can funnel up to 70 percent of the engine's torque to the rear end and route up to 100 percent of that grunt to either rear wheel. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 14 Apr. 2022 The lines are clean, front end imposing enough and the rear end stylish but subtle. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 Of course, the GTS packs more than just extra horses under its slinky sheetmetal, as Porsche blesses the model with trim-specific tuning to the likes of its active air suspension system and torque-vectoring rear end. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 The rear end features four-pot calipers and either 15.0-inch iron discs or 15.4-inch carbon-ceramic ones. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rear-end


1957, in the meaning defined above


1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rear-end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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