- The definition of a hide is an animal skin.
An example of a hide is the thick skin of the buffalo which is used to create tents by many American Indian tribes.
- Hide is defined as to conceal something, oneself, or others.
An example of hide is a tall person putting something on a high shelf so a short person can't find it.
Two boys are trying to hide behind a tree.
transitive verbhid, hidden or hid, hiding
- to put or keep out of sight; secrete; conceal
- to conceal from the knowledge of others; keep secret: to hide one's identity
- to keep from being seen by covering up, obscuring, etc.: fog hid the road
- to turn away: to hide one's head in shame
Origin of hideMiddle English hiden ; from Old English hydan ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)keudh- (from source Classical Greek keuthein, to hide) ; from base an unverified form (s)keu-, to cover from source hide, sky, Classical Latin cutis, skin
- to be or lie out of sight or concealed
- to keep oneself out of sight; conceal oneself
- an animal skin or pelt, either raw or tanned
- Informal the skin of a person
Origin of hideMiddle English ; from Old English hid, akin to German haut ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)keut- (from source Classical Latin cutis, skin, Classical Greek kytos, hollow container) ; from base an unverified form (s)keu-: see hide
neither hide nor hair
Origin of hideMiddle English ; from Old English higid ; from base of hiwan, household (akin to Old High German hīwo, a husband, master of a household) ; from Indo-European an unverified form eiwo- (from source Classical Latin civis, citizen) ; from base an unverified form ei-, to lie, camp from source home, Classical Greek koitos, bed, sleep
verbhid hid , hid·den or hid, hid·ing, hides
- To put or keep out of sight or away from notice: hid the money in a sock.
- To prevent the disclosure or recognition of; conceal: tried to hide the facts.
- To cut off from sight; cover up: Clouds hid the stars. See Synonyms at block.
- To avert (one's gaze), especially in shame or grief.
- To keep oneself out of sight or notice.
- To seek refuge or respite: “no place to hide from boredom or anger or loneliness” (Matt Teague).
Origin of hideMiddle English hiden, from Old English h&ymacron;dan; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbhid·ed, hid·ing, hides
Origin of hideMiddle English, from Old English h&ymacron;d; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of hideMiddle English, from Old English hīd; see kei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present hides, present participle hiding, simple past hid, past participle hidden)
From Middle English hiden, huden, from Old English hȳdan (“to hide, conceal, preserve”), from Proto-Germanic *hūdijaną (“to conceal”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keudh- (“to cover, wrap, encase”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu- (“to cover”). Cognate with Low German (ver)hüden, (ver)hüen (“to hide, cover, conceal”), Welsh cuddio (“to hide”), Ancient Greek κεύθω (keúthô, “to conceal”), Sanskrit [script?] (kuharam, “a cave”). Related to hut and sky.
(third-person singular simple present hides, present participle hiding, simple past and past participle hided)
- To beat with a whip made from hide.
From Old English hȳd, from Proto-Germanic *hūdiz (cf. West Frisian hûd, Dutch huid, German Haut), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-t- 'skin, hide' (cf. Welsh cwd (“scrotum”), Latin cutis (“skin”), Lithuanian kutys (“purse, money-belt”), Ancient Greek κύτος (kýtos, “hollow vessel”), σκῦτος (skŷtos, “cover, hide”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-, 'to cover'. More at sky.
- A medieval land measure equal to the amount of land that could sustain one free family; usually 100 acres. Forty hides equalled a barony.
From Middle English hide, from Old English hīd, hȳd, hīġed, hīġid (“a measure of land”), for earlier *hīwid (“the amount of land needed to support one family”), a derivative of Proto-Germanic *hīwaz, *hīwō (“relative, fellow-lodger, family”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱei- (“to lie with, store, be familiar”). Related to Old English hīwisc (“hide of land, household”), Old English hīwan (“members of a family, household”). More at hewe, hind.