- An example of to hinder is to block an entrance with barriers.
- An example of to hinder is to hold someone's arm to keep them from going through a door.
- to keep back; restrain; get in the way of; prevent; stop
- to make difficult for; thwart; impede; frustrate
Origin of hinderMiddle English hindren from Old English hindrian, literally , to keep or hold back (akin to German hindern) from base of hinder
Origin of hinderMiddle English hindre from Old English adv. hinder, back, behind (akin to German preposition hinter, behind) from uncertain or unknown; perhaps base of he (see he) + comparative suffix -der, akin to Classical Greek -tero-, Sanskrit -tara-: the word is now taken to be the comparative of hind
verbhin·dered, hin·der·ing, hin·ders
Origin of hinderMiddle English hindren from Old English hindrian ; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present hinders, present participle hindering, simple past and past participle hindered)
Most current uses of this adjective occur in anatomical contexts.
- (slang, euphemistic) The buttocks.