Origin of hindMiddle English hinde, short for hindan, from behind: see hinder
nounpl. hinds or
- the female of the red deer, in and after its third year
- any of various groupers (genus Epinephelus) of the S Atlantic
Origin of hindMiddle English from OE, akin to German hinde from Indo-European base an unverified form ?em-, not having horns (as applied to horned animal species) from source Classical Greek kemas, young deer
- in N England and Scotland, a skilled farm worker or servant
- Archaic a simple or boorish peasant; rustic
Origin of hindfrom Middle English hine (with unhistoric -d) from Old English hina, earlier higna, generalized from genitive plural of higa, member of a household: for base see hide
Origin of hindMiddle English hinde short for bihinde behind from Old English bihindan ; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
- A female red deer.
- Any of various spotted groupers of the genus Epinephelus or various related fishes of the genus Cephalopholis.
Origin of hindMiddle English from Old English
- Chiefly British A farm laborer, especially a skilled worker.
- Archaic A country bumpkin; a rustic.
Origin of hindAlteration of Middle English hine household servants possibly from Old English hīne genitive of hīgan, hīwan members of a household ; see kei- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative hinder, superlative hindmost)
- Located at the rear (most often said of animals' body parts).
From Middle English hinde, from Old English hindan (“at the rear, from behind”), from Proto-Germanic *hinda-, *handan- (“far, beyond”), from Proto-Indo-European *k(')enta (“down, below, with, far, along, against”), from *ḱen- (“to set oneself in motion, arise”). Cognate with Gothic (hindana, “from beyond”), Old Norse hindr (“obstacle”), Old Norse handan (“from that side, beyond”), Old High German hintana (“behind”), Old English hinder (“behind, back, in the farthest part, down”), Latin contra (“in return, against”). More at hinder, contrary.
Old English hind, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch hinde, German Hinde, Danish hind.
- (archaic) A servant, especially an agricultural labourer.
Old English hī(ġ)na, genitive plural of hīġa (“servant, family member”), in the phrase hīna fæder ‘paterfamilias’. The -d is a later addition (compare sound).