- To hinder is defined as to restrain or hold something back.
- 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 felt as 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.
Variant of hind