\ 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)

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Definition of rear end (Entry 2 of 2)

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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 These candidates have spent months, if not over a year, busting their rear ends. NBC News, "Yang: 'This race is a muddled mess,' but 'opportunity for us is growing'," 4 Feb. 2020 The allegations all involve sexist remarks and/or Lucido visually scanning women in a way that made them feel uncomfortable while holding a hand low on their backs near their upper rear ends. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Third sexual harassment allegation against Sen. Pete Lucido surfaces," 27 Jan. 2020 The driver's seat, although more cushioned, had my rear end aching after about an hour. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "The McLaren GT: A $210,000 supercar for everyday driving," 20 Dec. 2019 In yet another incident the boy allegedly stuck his rear end within a couple inches of the girl's face. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Parents say daughter was sexually harassed and assaulted on multiple occasions, and that school did not respond properly," 20 Dec. 2019 On the plane, the wheel gunners held steady by pushing their rear ends against the cabin wall. Wired, "How to Change the Tires on a Race Car—at Zero Gravity," 30 Nov. 2019 The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford hits a jumper over Brandon Ingram, turns to run down court near the Clippers bench and slams into the rear end of a fan who has his back turned looking for his seat. Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Times, "Sports Illustrated’s demise shows how it’s a mad world for iconic media companies," 13 Oct. 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 But Scott hopes a bit of extra room—for one’s rear end and elbows—can make flying more pleasant. Alex Davies, WIRED, "This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable," 10 July 2019

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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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“Rear-end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rear-end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US, informal : 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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