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ˈrir-ˈend How to pronounce rear-end (audio)
rear-ended; rear-ending; rear-ends

transitive verb

: to crash into the back of (a vehicle)

rear end

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: 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
: 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

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
Take the officer who took his eyes off the road to dig through a bag before rear-ending another driver at a red light. USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2024 Hayes was driving behind them and rear-ended the couple’s car, police said. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 Yet our reporting found that all the seats that failed in these types of rear-end collisions met or exceeded the half-century-old federal strength standard. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 17 Jan. 2024 Consider, for instance, how an individual might speak to their boss versus a stranger who just rear-ended their car. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 The riders’ necks snapped back again and again, something like getting rear-ended on the road a dozen times moments after pulling out of your driveway. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 There have been 109 crashes at this location between 2018-2022 with more than half of them classified as rear-end collisions that can be attributed to navigation difficulties. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 7 Jan. 2024 In addition to the fatal crash, Velasquez Salgado also rear-ended an elderly woman’s car earlier during the pursuit, causing her injuries, Coto said. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Dec. 2023 Officials said the bus was stopped when the truck rear-ended a Toyota traveling behind the bus and subsequently veered into the driveway where the teen was exiting the bus, ABC affiliate KTRK-TV and CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reported. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 8 Dec. 2023
Knowingly putting yourself at risk for an enhanced rear end is something many women have kept on the hush, hush for years. Tayler Adigun, Essence, 16 Feb. 2024 The shape and general styling cues of the saloon and Cross Turismo wagon/shooting brake variants are unchanged, but the front and rear ends have been reworked ever so slightly and equipped with new LED headlights and taillights. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 7 Feb. 2024 Half-way down, however, the car stops, its rear end poking above the water. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 29 Jan. 2024 State police said a Nissan Rogue driven by a 45-year-old man from Albany, was heading north on I-91 in the right center lane of five directly in front of the tractor-trailer when, for an unknown reason, the SUV rapidly decelerated causing the tractor-trailer to collided with its rear end. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 9 Jan. 2024 It’s finished in Liquid Blue Silver, a McLaren Special Operations bespoke hue that accentuates its smooth and flowing lines, particularly the extended rear end that gives the vehicle its name. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 5 Jan. 2024 This appendage will detach from the main body and swim away, carrying gonads that will merge with those from other disembodied rear ends and give rise to a new generation. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023 The cursive font is placed just below her rear end. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 25 Dec. 2023 But that didn’t put rear ends into Snapdragon seats. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1957, in the meaning defined above


1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rear-end was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Rear-end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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